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Talwar class

Guided missile frigate

Talwar class

The Talwar class firgates were built in Russia for the Indian Navy

 
 
Country of origin Russia
Entered service 2003
Crew 190 men
Sea endurance 30 days
Dimensions and displacement
Length 125 m
Beam 15.2 m
Draught 4.2 m
Displacement, standard 3 850 t
Displacement, full load 4 035 t
Propulsion and speed
Speed 30-32 knots
Range 8 980 km at 14 knots, or 3 000 km at 30 knots
Propulsion 2 shaft COGAG propulsion with a total output of 64 070 shp.
Airwing
Helicopters 1 x Ka-28 / Ka-31 / Dhruv
Armament
Artillery 1 x 100-mm, Kashtan or AK-630 CIWS (see text)
Missiles 8 x 3M54E Klub or BRAMOS anti-ship missiles (see text), 24 x Shtil-1 medium-range SAMs, 8 x Igla-1E shoulder-launched SAMs
Torpedoes 4 x 533-mm torpedo tubes
Other 1 x RBU-6000 (RPK-8) anti-submarine rocket launcher

 

   Talwar class is a guided missile frigates class, currently in service with the Indian Navy. The ships in this class succeeded the Brahmaputra class. This is an intermediate class between Bramhaputra and Shivalik classes. The Talwar was developed from the Russian Krivak III class. The project was designated as Project 1135.6. The Talwar class currently consists of 6 ships which were built in Russia by Baltiysky Zavod and Yantar shipyards.

   Initially 3 ships were ordered which were INS Talwar, INS Trishul and INS Tabar built by Baltisky Zavod for the price of $1 Billion. In 2003 the last batch of 3 more ships was ordered. These were INS Teg, INS Tarkash and INS Trikhand built by Yantar shipyard at the cost of $1.6 Billion. All the ships of this class are active and the Indian Navy is planning to induct 4 more ships of this class taking the tally to 10 ships.

   The flagship of this class, the INS Talwar, was delivered to India in May 2002 followed by INS Trishul in November 2002 and INS Tabar in May 2003.

   The ships have a full displacement of 4 000 t and can go up to the speed of 56-59 km/h or 30-32 knots. As many extraneous shapes and protrusions were eliminated, in order to minimize the Talwar class' radar cross section, and make it harder to detect by radars. Though it is by no means a stealth vessel.

   These ships can support a Kamov Ka-28 (Western reporting name Helix-A) anti-submarine warfare helicopter, or Kamov Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter. Also Indian indigenous HAL Dhruv utility helicopter can operate from these ships.

   The first three Talwar class frigates are armed with eight 3M-54E Klub-N anti-ship missiles, that have a range of 220 kilometers. Ships of the second batch are equipped with BRAHMOS missiles, that have a range of 300 kilometers and can strike both ships and land targets.

   All of the Talwar class ships have a single 100-mm, A-190E, naval gun. The first three ships are fitted with Kashtan Close-In Weapon System, while the second batch is armed with AK-630 CIWS.

   Other weapons include a total of four 533-mm torpedo tubes and a single RBU-6000 (RPK-8) anti-submarine rocket launcher. Also there are a total of 24 Shtil-1 medium-range air defense missiles and 8 Igla-1E (Western reporting name SA-16) shoulder-launched short range air defense missiles.

   Radars include one 3Ts-25E Garpun-B radar with I-band frequency for surface search, one Fregat 3D circular scan radar with E-band frequency for air search, and Ratep JSC 5P-10E Puma fire control system to engage the designated targets. The ships use Russian-made TK-25E-5 electronic warfare suite, which launches decoys and flares in order to protect the vessels against incoming enemy missiles. Ships also have BEL HUMSA Sonar to search for underwater threats.

   These ships have a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion and fittes with two DS-71 cruise gas turbines, each developing 9 850 horsepower and two DT-59 boost gas turbines, developing 22 185 horsepower each. Combined power output is 64 070 horsepower.

 

Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
INS Talwar (F40) 1999 2000 2003

active, in service

INS Trishul (F43)

1999 2000 2003

active, in service

INS Tabar (F44)

2000 2001 2004

active, in service

INS Teg (F45)

2007 2009 2012

active, in service

INS Tarkash (F50)

2007 (?) 2010 2012

active, in service

INS Trikhand (F51)

2008 2011 2012

active, in service

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Rahul Singh Dhari

   Article by RAHUL SINGH DHARI

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