India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has accorded approval for the acquisition of BrahMos supersonic missile systems for two Indian Navy frigates to be built in Russia.
The approval was given during the meeting of the acquisition body, chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, that took place in Delhi on Dec. 1. DAC was constituted for overall guidance of the defence procurement planning process of the Indian Armed Forces.
The decision follows the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) decision in October 2018 for procurement of four P1135.6 Admiral Grigorovich-class guided missile frigates from Russia, two of which will be built at Russia’s Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad and the remaining two to be built in India at the state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).
The approval was for the procurement of the BrahMos supersonic missile system in support of the frigates being built in Russia. The two ships are to be delivered to the Indian Navy within 36 and 48 months from the date of signing of the contract.
The new frigates will be similar to the six Russian Talwar class (Project 11356) ships already deployed by the Indian Navy. The Talwar-class are in turn the improved versions of the Krivak III-class (Project 1135) frigates. With the current contract, the navy will operate ten Krivak III frigates 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.
The BrahMos supersonic anti-ship/land attack supersonic cruise missile, which was jointly developed by India and Russia, is a tested and proven missile system and will form the primary weapon on-board these ships.
The DAC also approved the procurement of Armoured Recovery Vehicles (ARVs) for the Indian Army’s Main Battle Tank Arjun. These are designed and Developed by DRDO and would be manufactured by BEML (earlier Bharat Earth Movers Limited). ARVs ensure efficient and speedy repair and recovery operations during combat.