Russia Discusses Licensing Admiral Grigorovich Frigate Production to India

Admiral Grigorovich Frigate

 

India and the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport are discussing plans to set up licensed production of Admiral Grigorovich class frigates under the Make in India program, the company said on Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The project is set to take place amid increased Russia-Indian defense industry cooperation.

“At the present time, for instance, we are in talks on the feasibility of developing Project 75 (I) submarines based on the latest Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarines, and on the procurement of an additional lot of Project 11356 frigates and setting up of their license production in India,” Rosoboronexport Deputy Director Sergei Goreslavsky said in the company’s press release.

Cooperation discussions will take place on March 28-31 during the Defexpo India 2016 international land and naval systems exhibition to be held in Naqueri Quitol in India’s state of Goa. Rosoboronexport plans to present numerous naval vessels, as well as new

Trials of Russia’s new Admiral Grigorovich class frigates were successfully completed in the Barents Sea in late 2015. The frigates, displacing 3,850 tons, are designed for anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare as well as for air defense missions, operating both independently or as part of convoys and naval task forces.

The Admiral Grigorovich frigate will be the first in a series of six frigates of the Project 11356 being built for the Black Sea Fleet to join the Russian Navy.

Russia and India have enjoyed mutually beneficial strategic relations, especially in the field of defense and military cooperation, since the 1960s.

 

Russian Navy Testing Advanced Stealthy Frigate

Admiral Sergey Gorshkov Frigate

 

Russia is continuing tests of an advanced frigate totally invisible to radar. A series of warships of this class are expected to be built for the Russian Navy, assistant Navy commander-in-chief Andrei Surov said.

The frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” which is currently undergoing tests may become the flagship in the Navy because of a number of its unique engineering features.According to Surov, the vessel was designed to be invisible to enemy radio-radar systems.

“The frigate we are now testing – the Admiral Gorshkov – is a ground-breaking one, with a number of cutting-edge technologies. The vessel is a flagship which has no match among its predecessors. She has something from corvettes, including stealth technologies and its overall design,” Surov told Echo of Moscow radio.

Vessels of this type are protected – first of all – against radio-radar and optical systems.”Most protruding parts and antennas of the ship are covered. The frigate also features a radio-absorbing design,” Surov added.

According to him, the Russian Navy is expected to receive a series of vessels of this class.

The Admiral Gorshkov was laid down in early-2006 and launched in autumn 2010. The first tests were held in November 2014. The frigate has a displacement of 4,500 tons and can reach speeds of 29 knots. It is armed with 16 Oniks or Kalibr missiles as well as the Poliment-Redut anti-aircraft missile system.