India has completed payment for two project 11356 naval frigates with Russia, President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov said Tuesday.
"All the money under the contract with India has been transferred. Now we are waiting for the Yantar Shipyard to start this work in an active manner. We actually hope that the ships’ hulls will be mounted on a solid foundation in the coming month and substantive work will begin," Rakhmanov said, replying to a question about the pace of work to build frigates meant for the Indian Navy.
Russia and India signed agreements in November 2018 on the delivery of four Project 11356 frigates. Under the deal, two frigates will be built at Russia’s Yantar Shipyard on the Baltic coast and the other two will be constructed at India’s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).
Project 11356 stealth frigates are designed to deliver strikes against enemy surface ships and submarines in the coastal and oceanic zones and fight air targets both independently and as part of a naval group. The warships of this type are armed with A-190 100mm artillery guns, striking missile and air defence systems, including Kalibr and Shtil complexes and torpedo tubes. The frigates displace 3,620 tonnes, are 124.8 meters long, develop a speed of 30 knots and have an operating range of 4,850 miles. The frigates can carry a Ka-27 helicopter and its modification.