India has procured gas turbine engines from Ukraine and handed over to Russia to install them on the Admiral Grigorovich-class guided-missile stealth frigates that are being made for the Indian Navy by a Russian shipyard as part of $2.5 billion deal.
Sources in the defence and security establishment said the construction of the two frigates by Yantar Shipyard in Russia’s Kaliningrad is going on according to schedule, and the first of the two is expected to be delivered by the end of 2022. The second vessel is scheduled to be delivered six months later in 2023.
“The engines from Ukraine have been delivered to Russia. The construction of the ship is as per the schedule and there has been no impact due to Covid,” a source said, refusing to give a timeline.
The delivery of the engines, manufactured by Ukrainian firm Zorya-Mashproyekt, was also confirmed by a second source. Following Crimea’s reunification with Russia in 2014, its ties with Ukraine went for a toss and Moscow stopped importing the engines from the Ukrainian manufacturer.
India had to, therefore, procure and transfer the same to Russia, which also needed Ukrainian permission that was given in 2016. India had in 2016 inked an inter-governmental agreement with Russia for four frigates, a follow-on of the Talwar-class vessels, and its contract was signed at the end of 2018.
According to the deal, two ships are to be built in Russia, while the other two to be built at the Goa Shipyard in India with technical collaboration from Russia. The Yantar Shipyard has also manufactured three of the six Talwar-class frigates that are in service with the Indian Navy.
Admiral Grigorovich-class ships are an upgraded variant of the Talwar-class frigates that were built between 2003 and 2013. The hulls for the two ships had already been cut for the Russian Navy but remained mothballed for several years.