Adding to its stealth capabilities, the Navy is on the verge of ordering three more Talwar-class frigates from Russia in a deal that could cost upwards of Rs 3,000 crore.
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is likely to approve the purchase of the 4,000-tonne warships at a meeting scheduled for Thursday. Equipped with the 200-km range Klub cruise missiles, the first three such frigates, INS Talwar, INS Trishul and INS Tabar, were inducted in the Navy in 2003-2004.
With deliveries beginning in two to three years of the signing of the contract, the new frigates will be armed with the 300-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles.
The frigates will be customised to Indian requirements. They will also be fitted with sonar devices for tracking underwater targets like submarines. The Navy is aggressively ramping up its war-waging capabilities by acquiring more warships.
As many as 33 warships were under different stages of production in public sector shipyards,with the 37,500-tonne indigenous aircraft carrier project at Cochin Shipyard being the biggest, Navy spokesperson Capt Vinay Garg said.