NEW DELHI, June 22 (Itar-Tass) — The lead ship, frigate INS Teg, built at the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad and handed over to the Indian Navy in April, has arrived in Mumbai. Representatives of Rosoboronexport, the Yantar shipyard, the Russian Consulate General in Mumbai and the Indian Navy took part in the welcome ceremony, Russian Consul General Alexei Novikov told Itar-Tass.
He said that was the first Indian ship to carry BrahMos missiles. It will be attached to the South Command of the Indian Navy.
INS Teg is the first of three frigates of Project 11356 Yantar is building for the Indian Navy. Its construction began in the middle of 2007.
The second frigate successfully passed the second phase of trials in the Baltic Sea in the beginning of June. “The INS Tarkash began the sea trial on June 5 and kept moving for five days testing the ship’s mechanisms and units,” shipyard press secretary Sergei Mikhailov he said. “The crew tested the main engine and ship systems. The radar was tested jointly with aircraft of the Baltic Fleet.” The sea trials will end in July and preparations for the frigate’s delivery to the client will start. “The INS Tarkash will be handed over to the Indian Navy in October 2012,” the press secretary said.
Meanwhile, Yantar continues the construction of the third frigate for the Indian Navy, which will be supplied in 2013. The three frigates are being built under a contract signed in New Delhi in July 2007. The contract value is approximately $1.6 billion.
Ships of Project 11356 are designed at the Northern Design Bureau for accomplishing missions in seas and oceans solely or jointly with other warships. They are capable of searching for and destroying submarines, providing defense from enemy ships, aircraft and submarines, supporting the army and landing marines. The frigates are armed with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles.
The Kaliningrad Yantar shipyard was established on July 8, 1945. Its focus is the construction of small and medium vessels of the civilian and military use and ship repairing works. In the 67 years of its existence the shipyard has built 154 warships and more than 500 civilian vessels. The government represented by the Western Shipbuilding Center – a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation – controls the shipyard at present.
The shipyard’s order portfolio exceeds 100 billion rubles, including orders received in the course military-technical cooperation. The orders will keep the shipyard busy no less than until 2016. The Yantar shipyard will build two ships per annum in 2014-2016.
Apart from warships, the shipyard is also building a unique icebreaker with an asymmetric hull. Besides, the Federal Sea and River Transport Agency and the shipyard signed the contract to build a multirole rescue vessel of Project R-70202 on October 6, 2011.