The Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation Mr. Ajai Malhotra attended this momentous occasion. Senior officials of the Russian Government, Indian and Russian Navies, Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation, Rosoboronexport, United Shipbuilding Corporation, Yantar Shipyard and Russian Industry representatives too witnessed the commissioning ceremony.
The induction of the second in the series of the multi role stealth frigate with an advanced combat suite and an optimal blend of Russian and Indian cutting edge technologies, not only bolsters the Indian Navy’s role as a key facilitator in promoting peace and stability in the Indian Ocean Region, but also embodies the dynamic character of Indo-Russian military technical cooperation.
The formidable array of weapons and sensors onboard the ship include the supersonic Brahmos missile system, advanced Surface to Air missile system, upgraded 100mm medium range gun, optically controlled 30 mm Close-in Weapon System, Torpedoes, Rocket Launchers and advanced Electronic Warfare/Communication suite.
The ship is commanded by Captain Antony George, an ‘Anti Submarine Warfare’ specialist. The ship will join the Western Fleet of the Indian Navy by December end, this year.