Yantar shipyard to launch second frigate for India in June

Yantar shipyard (Kaliningrad) will launch second frigate forIndian Navy late June; high-ranking Russian and Indian civilian andmilitary officials will be invited to the ceremony, reported RIA Novosti citing the shipyard's representative.

"The ship will be launched on June 23. By now, our shipwrights havecompleted insulating works and hull painting of the second frigate.Previously, basic hardware had been loaded on the ship, propulsionsystem had been planted, and constructive filling of compartments hadbeen finished. The frigate named Tarkash (stands for "Quiver") is ready to be launched", said the interviewee.

According to him, this conforms to general schedule of the order.

Tarkash is the second out of three Project 11356 frigates beingbuilt by order of Indian Navy. The contract was tied in 2006 in Delhiand is evaluated about $1.5 bln. Three frigates are named Teg (stands for "Saber"), Tarkash (stands for "Quiver"), and Trikand(stands for "Bow"). Supposedly, the whole series of three ships (thefirst has been already launched) will be delivered to the orderer in2011-2012.

"Top-ranking Russian and Indian civilian and military officials areexpected to attend the launching ceremony. Among them are Vice AdmiralDalip Kumar Dewan, Deputy Chief of Staff, Indian Navy; Surei KumarGrewal, Indian Naval Attaché to Russia; Roman Trotsenko, president ofUnited Shipbuilding Corporation; Viktor Chirkov, Baltic FleetCommander; Georgy Boos, Governor of Kaliningrad region", said theshipyard's spokesman.

According to him, while launching of the frigate Indian delegation will pray and then the ship will be given a name.

"The ship's Indian and Russian "godmothers" will crack a coconut andbreak a bottle of champagne on the bow", explained the interviewee.

Modern frigate is a multipurpose warship with intermediate displacementdesigned for engagement against surface ships and submarines in oceanand sea zones, and also for repelling aerial attacks.

Basic characteristics of a Project 11356 frigate: length is 125 meters;beam is 15 meters; extreme draft is 7 meters; total displacement is4,000 tons; fuel range at 14 knots is 5,000 miles; full speed is 32knots.

The ships will be armed with 8 supersonic antiship cruise missiles BrahMos and 24 VLS SAM Shtil. Artillery arms will include 100-mm gun mount and two Kashtan missile/gun antiaircraft systems. The frigates will be also equipped with ASW helicopter and 533-mm torpedo tubes.

Yantar shipyard was established after WW2 in 1945 on the facilities of Konigsberg's branch of German yard Schichau.The shipyard is specialized in building of various warships and civilvessels with launching weight up to 10,000 tons; and also inship-repair works. Totally, the yard has built over 100 large and about400 small ships, and repaired over 430 vessels.

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