Russia and India have signed a $500 million deal to build two Project 11356 Admiral Grigorovich-class guided missile frigates at an Indian shipyard with technology transfer from Russia.
The deal was signed between Russian arms export agency, Rosoboronexport and India’s state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) on Nov. 20. The first ship is expected to be delivered to the Indian Navy in 2026 and the second a year later.
The new contract followed an earlier $950 million deal with Russia for the supply of two Admiral Grigorovich-class stealth frigates to the Indian Navy. These two ships are being built at Russia’s Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad and are to be delivered to the Indian Navy in 36 and 48 months.
The Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with Russia for the four frigates was inked in 2016.
The new frigates will be similar to the six Russian Talwar class (Project 11356) ships already deployed by the Indian Navy and the 11356Р/М Admiral Grigorovich-class of frigates being built for the Russian Navy.
The Talwar-class and Admiral Grigorovich-class ships are in turn the improved versions of the Krivak III-class (Project 1135) frigates. With the current contract, the Indian Navy will operate ten Krivak III frigates (or its variants) in future– the fleet’s largest single type.
These upgraded Krivak III-class frigates to be sold to India will have the same engines and armament configuration as the second batch of three Talwar-class frigates in service with Indian Navy – INS Teg, INS Tarkash and INS Trikand. This include the BrahMos supersonic anti-ship/land attack cruise missiles (AShM, LACM) jointly developed by India and Russia.
Last month, India concluded a $5.43 billion deal with Russia to procure five regiments of S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) advanced long-range air defense systems.
Recently, Russian 9K338 Igla-S man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) was declared as the lowest bidder (L1) for the Indian Army’s Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) requirement beating Swedish Saab RBS 70 NG and French MBDA Mistral MANPADSs.