INS TUSHIL LAUNCHED
Geopolitics|December 2021
INS Tushil, the seventh Indian Navy frigate of P1135.6-class was launched on October 28, 2021, at Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad, Russia by Datla Vidya Varma in the presence of Ambassador of India (Moscow) D Bala Venkatesh Varma and other senior dignitaries of the Russian Federation and Indian Navy officials. The ship was named‘Tushil’ which is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘Protector Shield’.

Tushil, the first of the two ships of the Project-1135.6 (also known as Krivak or Talwar-class stealth frigates) being built in Russia at Yantar Shipyard for the Indian Navy under the IGA agreement, was launched from dry dock into the water. The two ships that India is purchasing directly from Russia are expected to be delivered by 2023.

The vessels have been constructed based on the Indian Navy’s specific requirements to meet the requisites of naval warfare in aerial, sub-surface, and surface methods. The Indian Navy in its statement said that these frigates have been equipped with a combination of state-of-art Indian and Russian weapons and sensors so that they can operate both as a single unit and as a group in a naval task force.

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