India to start negotiation with Russia for warships


India will formally start negotiation with Russia for the purchase of warships next week. Nearly four stealth warships will be procured from Russia. India is looking to bargain hard for the warships.

“Price negotiation with a visiting Russian delegation will begin on January 15. GSL has the expertise and infrastructure to build the warships in the country,” Rear Admiral Shekhar Mital (retd) who is public sector yard’s chairman.

The warships will be for four new Grigorovich-class ‘Project 1135.6’ frigates that will be powered by gas turbine engines developed by Ukrainian firm Ukroboronprom’s Gas Turbine Research & Production Complex Zorya-Mashproekt.

The deal will be worth around $4 billion under which two warships will be built in Russia and the other two in India under the “Make in India” initiative.

India already operates six Grigorovich-class warships. The warships are armed with supersonic cruise missiles, the Barak anti-missile defense system and torpedoes.