Russia has chosen the private shipyard Pipavav in India for the joint construction of Upgraded Talwar class frigates (Project 11356) India’s Economic Times newspaper reported on Thursday. A government source told the publication that the “naval frigate order is likely to exceed $3 billion, making it the private sector’s biggest-ever warship-building project.” “After an evaluation of several Indian shipyards, including that of Larsen & Toubro, Russia has formally informed the Defense Ministry that Pipavav has been chosen as its Indian partner for the project. Officials said a formal letter was sent by Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) director Alexander Fomin last week confirming the partnership,” the newspaper reported.
The upgraded Talwar frigates will be based on the Project 11356 / Admiral Grigorovich class of the Russian navy. The first ship of the class was laid down in December 2010. Four more ships of the same class are in various stages of construction at the shipyard. All six frigates will be delivered to the Black Sea Fleet between 2014 and 2017 under two contracts with the Defense Ministry.