Delivery of Indian frigate delayed on inter-agency diffrences

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Moscow, Nov 28 (UNI) Differences over setting up of an coordination council between the contractor and the Russian governement has meant that the first frigate of the 1135.6 project for Indian Navy is still in shipyard, with the construction on the second frigate already commencing.

Rosoboronexport, the defence contractor for building the frigate, had sent a letter to Russian Federal Agency for Industry (Rosprom) head Andrey Dutov at the end of last month suggesting that an interagency coordinating council be set up to handle the problems with the construction of the three Indian ships.

Rosoboronexport mention delays in payments and the absence of contracts with the weapons suppliers, Arsenal heavy equipment plant and OAO AK Tulamashzavod, due to differences over prices.

The company suggested that representatives of Rosprom and the Ministries of Defense, Justice and Finance sit on the coordinating council. This was the third time the company had suggested that a council be set-up.

Project 1135.6 frigates differ from Project 1135.1 patrol ships in the range of tasks they can perform and in the assortment of weapon systems.

The latter include the Club-N missile system recently developed by the Yekaterinburg-based Novator Design Bureau.

The deal on building three frigates for India's Navy was signed in New Delhi on July 14, 2006 for delivery in 2010-2011. The 1.6 billion dollar deal is the largest order placed with the Yantar plant in recent years.


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