NEW DELHI: India today inducted first of the three ‘Teg class’ warships built by a Russian shipyard. These are classified as stealth frigates due to their ability to avoid detection from enemy radars and sensors. These are armed with supersonic cruise missile BrahMos, developed jointly by India and Russia.
India has indigenously built two stealth frigates of its own called the Shivalik class. These are 6000 tonne vessels. Another one is expected to join the fleet by the end of this year.
For the first time, India has opted to have the deadly BrahMos missile on one of its stealth frigates — the Teg class. The first of the ships is named INS Teg. “BrahMos will be the preferred mode of ammunition on future warships,” officials said. So far five Indian Navy warships of the Ranvir class have been fitted with the BrahMos.
This missile is among the best in the world and being a local product its production or supplies cannot be hit by strategic mood swings of international politics, said officials.
Meanwhile, the Indian Navy today said the INS Teg, a 4000 tonne vessel was inducted at the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, Russia. It will sail for some 45 days to reach India.