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February 26, 2015

India Considering Russian Shipyard for Construction of Advanced Warship


(Sputnik) — India is considering whether to place an order for four more warships with Russia's Yantar shipyard that has already built six frigates for the Indian Navy, the shipyard's acting chief executive told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
"We will explore the possibility of new orders to build [vessels] for the Indian fleet. In any case, India has already said it is interested in acquiring four more advanced modified ships," Oleg Shumakov, acting CEO of Yantar shipyard, located in Russia's Kaliningrad exclave on the Baltic Sea, said.
 Representatives of the shipyard are expected to discuss the question of future contracts during talks in India later in February, Shumakov added.
He described the shipyard's experience in building Talwar-class frigates for the Indian Navy as "fruitful and mutually beneficial."
In July 2014, the shipbuilding firm delivered the last of the three guided missile frigates to India, in accordance with a $1.6-billion contract signed in 2006. Each frigate was armed with eight BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, jointly developed by Russia and India.

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