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Goa Shipyard holds keel laying ceremony of 2nd Project 1135.6 frigate for Indian Navy

According to information published by the Indian Ministry of Defense on June 18, 2021, the keel laying ceremony of the second Russian-designed Project 1135.6 frigate for the Indian Navy was held virtually at Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL). The Project 1135.6 is a stealth-guided missile frigate designed and built by Russia and India for the Indian Navy.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 The official keel laying ceremony of the second Project 1135.6 frigate for the Indian Navy was held virtually at Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) on June 18, 2021. (Picture source Indian MoD)

The Project 1135.6 ships under construction at Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) are part of the indigenous shipbuilding program being executed under Inter-Governmental Agreement with the Russian Side for the construction of two advanced frigates for the Indian Navy. The keel for the first ship was laid on 29 Jan 2021. The first ship would be delivered in 2026 and second ship subsequently after 06 months.

In November 2018, the GSL signed a $500-million deal with Rosoboronexport of Russia for material, design and specialists assistance to locally manufacture two stealth frigates and in January 2019 the contract was signed between the Ministry of Defence and the GSL.

Citing the website "The Diplomat", Project 1135.6 for the Indian Navy, is a modified version of the Admiral Grigorovich-class guided missile frigate, an upgraded variant of the six Talwar-class frigates that Russia built for the Indian Navy between 2003 and 2013.

The Project 1135.6 will be powered by an M90FR turbine engine, designed and built by the Ukrainian company Zorya-Mashproekt and will be able to reach a top speed of 30 knots and will have an endurance of 30 days. The ship will have a length of 124.8 m and a displacement of about 4,000 tons. She will be fitted with a flight deck to carry a helicopter for anti-submarine warfare missions.

The Project 1135.6 will be armed with the BrahMos cruise missile system fired from an eight-cell 3S-14E under-deck launcher. The ships of the class will also carry vertical-launched 3M-54 Kalibr, supersonic anti-ship cruise missile. She will be also armed with one 100mm A-190 naval cannon, 533-millimeter heavyweight torpedoes, and anti-submarine rockets.