New frigates for India?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Mohit Kharkwal, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Russia is hoping to sell three 11356-class frigates to India in near future. These are relatively small vessels roughly displacing 4000 tons but they still manages to pack a mean punch. These are armed with multiple missile tubes capable to firing long range cruise missiles or even supersonic anti ship missiles. They also carry dozen air to air missile in them. Then there are eight short range missiles and complimenting it is system of 100mm naval gun. Russia herself has commissioned one of these into service this March for their Balkan fleet.

But their is a problem in the midst. These ships are being built by the Russians but have Ukrainian engines in them. Also if we wish to purchase, we will have to get nod from both Ukraine and Russia. But the relations between Ukraine and Russia are at all time low and they don’t seem to agree on anything. Another major problem is that Russia used to be one of the biggest importer of Ukraine armament industry. Ever since the conflict between the two, Ukrainian industry is not allowed to indulge in any trade with the Russians. This has forced several Ukrainian companies to go bankrupt. So if we end up purchasing these frigates, which we desperately need to, we will have nobody to turn to if these Ukrainian engines built by now defunct companies develop any issues.

So it remains to be seen what New Delhi makes of this and will these ships join our Talwar class frigates.

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