While the Indian Navy awaits the induction of INS Sahayadri next month, a major boost has been given to its Western Fleet with the latest acquisition of INS Teg. It is the new stealth frigate with weapons and sensors for three-dimensional warfare built by Yantar Shipyard, Russia. INS Teg is the first of three Talwar Class follow-on ships ordered by the Indian Navy. INS Teg was built for the Indian navy by Russia has arrived in the port of Mumbai recently after its trials and crew training.
As for the ship’s crew, they have been imparted training at naval training institutes in Russia. This was followed by extensive trials and testing on the frigate which was held in accordance with a specially appointed naval team for Delivery Acceptance. INS Teg was commissioned in April after the completion of trials and handed over to the Indian Navy.
INS Teg is an advanced version of Talwar class frigates that are fitted with an upgraded-suite of weapons and sensors. It is the first of three modified Krivak or Talwar III class guided missile frigates being built at the Yantar Shipyard under a $1.6 billion deal signed in 2006. INS Tarkash and INS Trikand are the remaining two frigates to be delivered under Project-17A by Russia.
INS Teg is a 3,970-tonne frigate that incorporates stealth technologies and is armed with eight 290-km BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles. Besides the surface-to-air missile, INS Teg has upgraded medium range gun, optically controlled close-in weapon system, Torpedo tubes and anti-submarine rockets. With an operating range of 4,500 nautical miles, INS Teg is the first ship to have various unique capabilities in the Western Fleet.
INS Teg is 125-metre-long and can operate an anti-submarine or early-warning helicopter from its deck. The stealth frigate with its unique design ensures reduction in its radar cross-section, infra-red, magnetic and acoustic signatures as well as radiated underwater noise to heighten its stealth capabilities.
The Indian navy already has three Russian-built Talwar class frigates and the last of them, INS Sahayadri, is to be commissioned in July this year under the Project-17 of the navy. As for the new Talwar class stealth frigates, they fall under the new Project-17 A which are a follow-on order by India. The other two stealth frigates under Project 17-A are INS Tarkash and INS Trikand and they are expected to be ready by September 2012 and July 2013 respectively.