INS Trikand stealth fri­gate com­mis­sioned

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

With the com­mis­sion­ing of the INS Trikand stealth fri­gate, the fol­low-on Tal­war class ac­qui­si­tion is com­plete. The Trikand was com­mis­sioned into the Navy in Kalin­ingrad, Rus­sia by Vice Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff. Trikand’s sis­ter ships INS Teg and INS Tarkash en­tered ser­vice last year and are de­ployed op­er­a­tionally with the Navy’s Western Fleet based out of Mum­bai. The keel of INS Trikand was laid on June 11, 2008, and the ship was launched on May 25, 2011.

In­for­ma­tion sup­plied by the Navy says, “INS Trikand car­ries a state-ofthe-art com­bat suite which in­cludes the su­per­sonic BrahMos mis­sile sys­tem, ad­vanced sur­face-to-air mis­siles Shtil, up­graded A190 medium-range gun, elec­tro-op­ti­cal 30mm close-in weapon sys­tem, anti-sub­ma­rine weapons such as tor­pe­does and rock­ets and an ad­vanced elec­tronic war­fare sys­tem. The weapons and sen­sors are in­te­grated through a com­bat man­age­ment sys­tem ‘Tre­bo­vanie-M’, which en­ables the ship to si­mul­ta­ne­ously neu­tralise mul­ti­ple sur­face, sub­sur­face and air threats. The ship also in­cor­po­rates in­no­va­tive fea­tures to re­duce radar, mag­netic and acous­tic sig­na­tures, which have earned this class of ships the so­bri­quet of ‘Stealth’ frigates. The ship is pow­ered by four gas tur­bines and is ca­pa­ble of speeds in ex­cess of 30 knots. The ship can carry an in­te­grated Kamov 31 he­li­copter which is best suited for air­borne early warn­ing roles.”

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