DECEMBER 9, 2022
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Indian Navy New Stealth Frigates Run On Russian Engines

Indian Navy New Stealth Frigates Run On Russian Engines

Ukraine was not the only source for engines for the Admiral Grigorovich vessels. "India had procured gas turbine engines from Ukraine & handed them over to Russia to install them on the Admiral Grigorovich-class guided-missile stealth frigates being made for the Navy," said a source, who did not wish to be identified.

In December 2007 India and Russia signed a 150 billion/ $2.5 billion agreement to build eight diesel-electric powered multi-role ships, the Admiral Grigorovich class guided-missile stealth frigates, and four aircraft carriers. The vessels will be built at the Sevmash shipyard of Russia.

India will clear its self-reliance in this sector in the coming days. The Indian Navy has a total of 24 frigates, of which 9 are being made by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata, and Western Naval Shipbuilders. The remaining 17 ships will be built by Garden Reach for which the first two mega ships were taken out for sea trials from the building dockyard of Garden Reach on the Indian Coast. The contract was awarded to Garden Reach in 2011. The 1st Admiral Grigorovich class guided missile destroyer is under construction at Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), Mumbai."

India is not dependent on Ukraine for engines for its gas turbine frigates being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. The Indian Navy has decided to use Russian-made Soyuz engines in the Admiral Grigorovich class of guided missile stealth frigates, built as part of the Project 17A frigate program.

The Russian serial production of Admiral Grigorovich-class guided-missile stealth frigates has been shifted to the Yantar shipyard from the Malakoff shipyard. The contract for this serial production was signed with Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation for building diesel-electric submarines for India. India had also signed a major contract to purchase four nuclear attack submarines from Russia for $990 million each.

Indian Government has signed an Agreement with Ukraine for the supply of gas turbine engines to power guided-missile frigates. These frigates will be built under a bilateral agreement with Russia by - 'Admiral Grigorovich' Production Enterprise, Dalniya."

Ukraine has been supplying gas turbines to India for over five years and the supply continues even now with Russia. The handsets have been installed on two ships, Admiral Gorshkov and Admiral Panteleyev, which are under construction at Shipyard ‘New Admiralty’ in St. Petersburg.

The Indian Navy has purchased gas turbine engines from Ukraine for its Admiral Grigorovich-class guided-missile stealth frigates being built for the Navy. The machines were shipped to Russia to be installed.

The Indian Navy has tied up with Russia and signed a deal to purchase 36 guided-missile frigates. The Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates will join the navy as a replacement for the French Super Etendard, purchased in 1987 under the 1987 Defence Procurement Policy (DPP).

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