INS Trikand stealth frigate commissioned

Issue: 3 / 2013 July 1, 2013 By SP's Special Correspondent Photo(s): By Indian Navy

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-of-the-art combat suite which includes the supersonic BrahMos missile system, advanced surface-to-air missiles Shtil, upgraded A190 medium-range gun, Electro-optical 30 mm 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, sub-surface 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."