Monday, July 11, 2011

Russia behind schedule on Indian Talwar class frigates delivery

Russia is not going to meet the deadlines in the implementation of a contract on the delivery of missile frigates to the Indian Navy, the state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport said. Russia and India signed a $1.6 billion contract on construction of three modified Krivak III class (also known as Talwar class) guided missile frigates for India in 2006. The first frigate was scheduled for delivery in April 2011."There is a delay, and it is hard to say now what the new deadline is going to be, although the first ship is undergoing dockside trials," said Oleg Azizov, head of Rosoboronexport's delegation at the IMDS naval show in St. Petersburg.

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Like all other Indian projects with Russia, nothing has ever been delivered on time or cost. Supply of spare parts is another pathetic Russian story that have led Indians to look for items like air-craft tires elsewhere ! Indians should not let Russians bid for any item, the paper they are bidding on is not even fit for making toilet tissue.

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