Frigate built for India at Russian shipyard rounds up sea exposure testing

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:47

INS Trikand, a frigate built for the Indian Naval Forces at the Yantar shipbuilding yard in Russia’s Baltic exclave region of Kaliningrad, has rounded up sea exposure testing in the Baltic Sea, the press secretary of the shipyard, Sergei Mikhailov told Itar-Tass.

“Official trials of The Trikand, the last of the three Talwar class frigates built by our shipyard for India are over,” he said. “They began April 4 on the commissioning base of the port of Baltiysk. As of April 8, the ship made regular sorties to the maritime testing ranges of Russia’s Baltic Fleet where it showed the work of all of its units, equipment and armament systems to the government commission.”

Wednesday, the commissioning team and the provisional Russian crew of the frigate that consists of the officers and sailors of the Baltic Fleet did test-firing of the Shtil-1 air defense complex. A successful salvo brought down a dummy missile traveling at an altitude of 50 meters above the surface of the sea.

Members of the governmental commission and the Indian crew watched the missile launch.

“This means that the sea exposure of The Trikand has been completed successfully,” Sergei Mikhailov said. “The Indian crew is due to finish the shipboard training within the next few days, after which the frigate will return to the shipyard where the coastal part of the Indian crewmembers’ drill will begin.”

The transfer of the ship to the Indian Naval Forces is scheduled for June.

The Trikand was laid in the building births of the Yantar shipyard June 11, 2008, and the shipbuilders put it afloat May 25, 2011.

The first of the trio of Talwar class frigates built in the Kaliningrad exclave, The Teg, was transferred to the customer April 27, 2012 and the second frigate, The Tarkash, was handed over November 9, 2012.

The trio built at Yantar has certain differences with the first frigates of this class that were built at the Baltic Plant shipyard in St Petersburg. For instance, they are equipped with the BrahMos supersonic missile complex.

The Talwar class frigates were designed Russia’s Northern Research and Development Bureau for operations in oceanic spaces independently and within naval detachments as escort ships. Their combat capabilities enable them to search for and destroy submarines, to exercise the antisubmarine, antisurface and antiaircraft defense of ships out in the sea, and to ensure landfall operations.

The Yantar shipyard was founded in the Kaliningrad region July 8, 1945, soon after the territory of the former Eastern Prussia went over from the defeated Nazi Germany to the USSR.

KALININGRAD, April 17 (Itar-Tass)

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