Friday, April 27, 2012
India's new frigate INS Teg to be inducted into Indian Navy today
Armed with the 290-km BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, among other weapon systems, the 3,970-tonne warship can operate an anti-submarine or early-warning helicopter from its deck.
The 125-metre-long INS Teg is the first of the three frigates being built in Russia as a follow up order to the Talwar Class frigates commissioned some years ago. India's order for the Talwar-class ships was placed with Russia in 2006 for $1.6 billion.
INS Teg will be followed by the induction of INS Tarkash and INS Trikand in the next one year or so.
Russia had taken out INS Teg for sea trials earlier this year in the Baltic Sea and completed the tests between March 5 and April 7 this year.
The Yantar shipyard had said earlier this month that all on-board systems on INS Teg, including armaments were tested in the presence of Indian Navy officers and the frigate proved to be fully ready for final stage of acceptance trials.
INS Teg was laid down at Yantar in 2007. INS Tarkash and INS Trikand are at various stages of construction.