Well it’s a no secret that India has ambition of turning its age old navy into a true blue water navy which can fulfill her ambitions in the Indian Ocean. It can be seen as one of the cogs in that direction.
The defense ministry has recently cleared a proposal worth Rs 20,000 crore to buy four state of the art frigates equipped with the supersonic Brahmos Cruise Missiles. The first two ships will be built in Russia and the other two will be built in India under “Make In India” Program.
As Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) Chief Rear Admkiral Shekhar Mittal said,”They are ready for the construction of such big warships and they have already started working in this direction.”
However the defense minister Manohar Parrikar was a bit hesitant in selecting GSL for this project but had to go ahead in the end as almost all other ship building facilities such as Mazgaon Dockyards and others are working full capacity with important projects.
It will take GSL at least 4 years to deliver the warship from the date of start of the project. The ship will be a follow up for the Talwar Class frigates of which six are already working for Indian Navy. These frigates are also equipped with anti-ship missiles such as Brahmos and the Russian Klub class missiles. They are namely Talwar, Trishul, Tabar, Teg, Tarkash and Trikand.
The first two ships will be built in Yantar Shipyard Ltd, Russia while the rest of them will be built at GSL India at their Vaso Da Gama facility, Goa.