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Yantar Shipyard launches Indian Navy’s 7th Talwar Class Frigate Tushil

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7th ship of P1135.6 class (Talwar Class Frigate) Tushil launched at Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad yesterday (Oct. 28, 2021) by Datla Vidya Varma in presence of D Bala Venkatesh Varma, India’s Ambassador to Russia. The ship was formally named as ”Tushil”, which means protector shield in Sanskrit.

The launching ceremony of INS Tushil

Based on an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between the Government of Republic of India and Government of Russian Federation for construction of two ships of Project 1135.6 ships in Russia and two ships in India at M/s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), the contract for construction of two ships was signed between India and Russia in Oct 18.

The construction of these ships is based on Indian Navy’s specific requirements to meet the entire spectrum of naval warfare in all three dimensions of Air, Surface and Sub-surface. The ships with a potent combination of state-of-art Indian and Russian Weapons and Sensors are equipped to operate in Littoral and Blue waters, both as a single unit and as consort in a naval task force. They feature “stealth technology” in terms of low radar and under water noise signatures. These ships are being equipped with major Indian supplied equipment such as Surface to Surface Missiles, Sonar system, Surface Surveillance Radar, Communication Suite and ASW system along with Russian Surface to Air Missiles and gun mounts.

The launch ceremony of INS Tushil
The launching ceremony of INS Tushil

Mr Ilya Samarin, Director General, Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad, in his address dwelt upon the challenges faced by the Shipyard in executing the complex shipbuilding project. Despite challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, production of the ships was continued by the utilization of innovative solutions. He thanked the Indian Government for their unstinted support and reiterated shipyard’s commitment to deliver the ships as per contractual timelines. Shri D Bala Venkatesh Varma, Ambassador of India (Moscow), highlighted the long standing tradition of Military Technical Cooperation between India and Russia. He acknowledged the efforts put in by the Yantar Shipyard to ensure that the ship was launched as per contractual timelines overcoming the challenges imposed by COVID-19.

The launch ceremony of INS Tushil
The launching ceremony of INS Tushil

“The ships with a potent combination of state-of-art Indian and Russian weapons and sensors are equipped to operate in Littoral and Blue waters, both as a single unit and as consort in a naval task force. They feature stealth technology in terms of low radar and underwater noise signatures,” the Indian Navy said.

The delivery of the two ships from Russia is expected by 2023.

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