12:00 AM, September 19, 2012
The Indian Navy’s Talwar class frigate being built by Russia has begun dock trials, the shipyard announced Tuesday. The Talwar is the second in a series of three frigates being built under a $1.6 billion contract. The Trikand is the last while the first Teg was delivered to India in 2012. And the Tarkash, has completed sea trials and will be delivered to the Indian Navy in November. “The Trikand started dock trials at the Yantar shipyard on September 15,” Yantar spokesman Sergei Mikhailov told reporters on Tuesday. “They will continue until mid-January next year”. The sea trials will be conducted in the Baltic Sea and delivery is expected in 2013. The ships will carry a 100-mm gun, a Shtil surface-to-air missile system, two Kashtan air-defense gun/missile systems, two twin 533-mm torpedo launchers, and an antisubmarine warfare (ASW) helicopter. The warships will also carry eight BrahMos supersonic missiles. In 2011, India said that Yantar shipyard had delayed the delivery of the frigates by over a year due to a shortage of skilled labor and flaws in the production chain.