India has signed a $950 million deal with Russia for 2 updated Krivak III-class stealth frigates.
A government-to-government contract has been signed between India and United Shipbuilding Corporation of Russia a week to the distribution of 2 stealth frigates following two decades of discussions, an Indian Ministry of Defence official said.
The agreement comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin visited India on Oct. 5 and the ruling National Democratic Alliance government cut at a $5.43 billion agreement to purchase five Russian S-400 Triumf missile programs despite objections from its ally the United States.
The MoD official said the procurement of the frigates will demand a rupee-rouble trade rather than using U.S. bucks to steer clear of American sanctions on Russian defense firms beneath CAATSA, or the Countering America’s Adversaries During Sanctions Act.
The frigates are based by Yantar Shipyard of both Russia and will be powered by Ukrainian gas tanks. They’ll be armed with Indian-built radar, sonar, communication suites, and anti-ship BrahMos missile systems, an Indian Navy officer said. The boats are expected to be sent by the end of 2022, the official added.
India and Russia signed an agreement in October 2016 for the construction and purchase of four additional updated Krivak III-class stealth frigates, below both frigates will be directly provided by Russia and others assembled in state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited in India although a tech transfer.
Another contract will be signed next year to the building of 2 comparable stealth frigates in India.
The 4,000-ton Krivak III vessels may even adapt two multirole helicopters and will be utilized for anti-submarine and airborne early warning missions.
India has built seven primary variations of Krivak-class stealth frigates under the Navy’s Job 17A plot at Delta shipyards Mazagon Dock Limited, and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers.
The Indian Navy now has a fleet strength of 140 warships, together with intends to grow that amount into 198 from 2027.