India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a USD500-million deal with Russia to licence-build two Admiral Grigorovich (Project 11356M)-class stealth frigates for the Indian Navy (IN) at the state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).
Indian officials told Jane's on 20 November that the inter-governmental agreement signed with Russian export agency Rosoboronexport entails the transfer of technology to GSL to build the two 124.8 m-long vessels.
GSL Managing Director Rear Admiral Shekhar Mittal (retd) was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying that construction of the warships is scheduled to begin in 2020, with the first platform expected to be delivered in 2026, followed by the second a year later.
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