Russia will sell two unfinished frigates to India without Ukrainian engines

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According to Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov, two frigates of Project 11356 that were built at the Yantar shipyard for the Black Sea Fleet will be sold to India.

The parties signed an agreement in October last year after Russian President Vladimir Putin talked to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The agreement involves building two frigates in Russia and two other at Indian shipyards.

In total it was planned to build six such ships for the Black Sea fleet before 2020. Two frigates are already in active service in Russian Navy, another one is currently under tests.

Construction of the next three frigates was suspended due to lack of engines, which were previously supplied from Ukraine. The hulls of the 4th and the 5th frigates Admiral Butakov and Admiral Istomin are in different stages of readiness at the Yantar shipyard.

As the Minister of Defense of India Manohar Parrikar said, Delhi will purchase engines from Ukraine and install them by themselves.

Source: RIA

 

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