The 7th, the INS Tushil was launched on October 28, 2021 at Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad, Russia.

The Indian Navy currently operates six Talwar-class frigates in service. The 7th, the INS Tushil was launched on October 28, 2021 at Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad, Russia. It is part of four follow-on frigates contracted by India from Russia, of which two are being built by Russia and two are under construction in India through technology transfer.

INS Tushil will retain all of capabilities inherent in the Admiral Grigorovich-class of fighting frigates – three serving the modern Russian Navy. The ships feature stealth technology in terms of low radar and underwater noise signatures. They will be equipped with major Indian-supplied equipment such as Surface to Surface Missiles, sonar system, surface surveillance radar, communication suite and Anti-Submarine Warfare system, along with Russian SAMs and gun mounts, the Navy added. A full-service hangar facility will ensure proper at-sea maintenance of the rotorcraft.

The construction of these ships is based on the Indian Navy’s specific requirements to meet the entire spectrum of naval warfare in all three dimensions of air, surface and sub-surface. “The ships with a potent combination of state-of-the-art Indian and Russian weapons and sensors are equipped to operate in littoral and blue waters, both as a single unit and as a consort in a naval task force,” said the Indian Navy.

Onboard is a crew of approximately 200 and supplies allow the ship to remain on-station up to 30 days. Power will be supplied by a COmbined Gas-And-Gas arrangement involving 2 x DS-71 gas turbines for cruising actions, and 2 x DT-59 gas turbines for dash actions driving the vessel to ocean-going speeds of 30 knots out to a range of 5,600 miles.

Structural dimensions include a running length of 409.4 feet, a beam of 49.9 feet, and a draught of 13.8 feet. Displacement is 3,620 tons under standard loads and up to 4,000 tons under full load. INS Tushil is set to join another ex-Admiral Grigrovich vessel – INS Tamala – as the Indian Navy welcomes its two newest fighting frigates into service before the end of the decade. As currently planned, Tamala will be commissioned after the arrival of Tushil.


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