After the successful completion of the sea acceptance trials in Russia, India is all set to receive the INS Teg being built at Yantar Shipyard in Russia. INS Teg will be the first of the three new Talwar class guided missile frigates being built by Russia for Indian Navy. INS Teg will be handed over to the Indian Navy on 27th April at a ceremony in Yantar Shipyard.
During the sea acceptance trial of the INS Teg which began in early March and ended this week, all the shipboard systems including armaments were successfully tested. INS Teg had completed the state trials and on March 5th the frigate was handed over to Indian Navy officials for acceptance trials. INS Teg’s sea acceptance trials took place in the Baltic Sea and presently, only the interiors remain to be finished and the frigate with its operational documents will be handed over to the Indian Navy on April 27th.
India and Russia entered into $1.6 billion contract in 2006 for the construction of three modified Krivak III class guided missile. In 2007, INS Teg was laid down at Yantar and it is the first of the three Project 1135.6 ships built for Indian Navy. INS Tarkash and INS Trikand will follow INS Teg as they are currently being developed in the Russian shipyard.
India already has three commissioned frigates of the Talwar class also known as Type 1135.6 and Krivak III class. These include INS Tabar (Axe), INS Trishul (Trident) and INS Talwar (Sword). The fundamental difference between the current and the older ones is that the current frigates are armed with 8 Brahmos missiles each, rather than Klub-N missiles.
INS Teg is also equipped with a 100-mm gun, a Shtil surface-to-air missile system, two twin 533-mm torpedo launchers, and an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter. However, it is not clear whether the older twin Ak 630 mounts have been fitted instead of two Kashtan air-defense gun/missile systems on the INS Teg as its close-in weapon system (CIWS) or ‘sea-whiz’.
INS Teg was scheduled for delivery in April 2011 but due to lack of funds, there was a one year delay. Lately, Indo-Russian defence deals have succumbed to various delays due to various reasons including price hikes and lack of synergy in executing projects besides other things.