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Russia Discusses Licensing Admiral Grigorovich Frigate Production to India

Sputnik News

13:40 23.03.2016(updated 14:35 23.03.2016)

India and the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport are discussing plans to set up licensed production of Admiral Grigorovich class frigates under the Make in India program, the company said on Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The project is set to take place amid increased Russia-Indian defense industry cooperation.

"At the present time, for instance, we are in talks on the feasibility of developing Project 75 (I) submarines based on the latest Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarines, and on the procurement of an additional lot of Project 11356 frigates and setting up of their license production in India," Rosoboronexport Deputy Director Sergei Goreslavsky said in the company's press release.

Cooperation discussions will take place on March 28-31 during the Defexpo India 2016 international land and naval systems exhibition to be held in Naqueri Quitol in India's state of Goa. Rosoboronexport plans to present numerous naval vessels, as well as new tanks, combat vehicles and air defense systems, according to the press release.

Trials of Russia's new Admiral Grigorovich class frigates were successfully completed in the Barents Sea in late 2015. The frigates, displacing 3,850 tons, are designed for anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare as well as for air defense missions, operating both independently or as part of convoys and naval task forces.

The Admiral Grigorovich frigate will be the first in a series of six frigates of the Project 11356 being built for the Black Sea Fleet to join the Russian Navy.

Russia and India have enjoyed mutually beneficial strategic relations, especially in the field of defense and military cooperation, since the 1960s.


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