India to Lay Keels of Both Project 11356 Frigates in 2020

Rubric: Russia, World, Industry

In 2020, Indian Goa Shipyard Limited will lay down two Project 11356 Burevestnik-class frigates for the national navy, the company’s official Mahesh Malkarnekar told Mil.Press Today at the Army-2019 forum.

He added that the keels would be laid one by one, roughly half a year apart.

Model of Project 11356 frigate at Goa Shipyard’s booth

According to Malkarnekar, all four ships of this type will be powered by gas turbine engines produced by Ukrainian company Zorya-Mashproject.
"We’re actively cooperating with Yantar Shipyard, their experts help our shipbuilders in construction of frigates", said the interviewee. He called building of these ships the largest project in the shipyard’s history.
Previously, dates of the keel-laying were not officially declared, however, it is known that India plans to spend four years on building one Burevestnik-class frigate.

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In the falls of 2018, Moscow and New Delhi signed a suite of contracts, including delivery and building in India of the Russian Project 11356 frigates. Although parameters of the contracts were not disclosed, delivery of the two ready-made ships will allegedly cost the customer USD 950 mln.

For the first pair of ships, it was decided to use hulls of Project 11356 frigates initially meant for the Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. The question is Admiral Butakov and Admiral Istomin frigates, being at different completeness levels at Yantar Shipyard. Other two ships will be constructed in India under the technology transfer agreement.

The Army-2019 Fifth International Military & Technical Forum will take place in June 25-30 at Patriot Congress & Expo Center, at Alabino Range and Kubinka Airbase. The forum will be open for experts in June 26-27, and for mass visitors in June 28-30.

Mil.Press publishes the news about the exhibition’s display in the section Army Forum.

Dmitry Zhavoronkov

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