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The construction of two frigates under the Russian-Indian Warship Project 11356M is progressing steadily and is poised to enter the trial phase with only minor deviations from the revised schedule. As preparations for factory short trials get underway, this joint venture between Russia and India is nearing a significant milestone that underscores the strength of the bilateral defence partnership.

The Project 11356M frigates, being constructed for the Indian Navy, have witnessed slight schedule adjustments, with some aspects experiencing delays of less than six months. Despite these minor deviations, progress remains steady, and the completion and trial schedule continues to be the guiding framework for the project.

According to Alexey Rakhmanov, the President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), key developments have taken place in the construction of these warships. Diesel generators have been successfully tested on the first frigate, marking a crucial step toward ensuring the vessels’ operational capabilities. Additionally, preparations for anchor trials, an essential component of the testing process, are currently underway.

The Russian-Indian Warship Project 11356M stems from a bilateral contract between Russia and India for the construction of four advanced warships. As per the agreement, two of these frigates will be constructed at the Yantar Baltic Shipyard, with completion expected in the years 2023-2024. The remaining two vessels will be built at India’s Goa Shipyard Limited, a national shipyard known for its expertise in maritime construction.

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