Just after the two weeks of upgrading the defence ties with COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) of the United States, India confirmed the $2.2 billion frigates deal with Russia, marking on the biggest defence purchases ever made from Russia.

Signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a summit in Delhi, the mega frigates agreement will allow India to procure as much as four new warships from Russia, which will be inducted to the Indian Navy.  The approval of long-pending frigates deal will procure the advanced Talwar-class frigate aka  “Project 11356”, which will involve the building of two of ships at the Goa Shipyard, and the rest will be brought directly from Russia’s Yantar shipyard.

India currently owns a total of six Talwar-class frigates, but the upcoming four Warships from Russia will be more advanced versions of it. As per the agreement, the multi-billion dollar worth frigates deal will fall under the “2+2” scheme, which means, 2 of the ships will be built in Goa shipyard, while another 2 ships will be brought directly from Yantar shipyard of Russia.  The delivery of ships might happen within two years and will proved to be a major weaponry source for the Indian naval forces.  These warships will be equipped with Brahmos missile system. These four warships will be added as India’s muscle in the Indian Ocean region and will make India more powerful in term of defence.

This deal has reached its final stages, the clearance procedure before signing the deal is in its final stages. India can make payment for this deal with the rupee-rouble route. This intergovernmental deal agreement will take place in the Modi-Putin summit happening on October 5th at our Capital, Delhi. This deal would happen earlier, but the final price negotiations and technical consultations delayed this deal. But, after the negotiations have been done and technical consultation is also taken for this deal, it will happen on this October finally.

 

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