So by 2027 the IN will have inducted 14 brand new frigates (7 P17A+4 11356) in the space of 5 years? That’s really not a bad effort, just hope that they give another 7+ order for P-17As, would be criminal to throw away the capacity that is being created by MDL and GRSE.
Once we take deliveries of all these ships, we will be only 1 frigate short of the IN's sanctioned strength of 24 frigates. So the govt has to increase the sanctioned strength, the navy itself can do little about it.
Now IN really needs to sort out it’s Destroyer program, the P15Bs were ordered in too few quantities and project management and supplier issues have delayed delivery by years.
Yeah, we will still be short of destroyers for many more years after the P-15Bs are delivered. But right now only MDL is capable of building destroyers. I hope GRSE will join the list of builders soon.
+ any clarity on the SAM system for these 11356s? A real weakness vis a vis the 17A is the lack of LRSAM and MFSTAR
It will be the Shtil-1. It's VLS, so it's fine. Not on the same level as the Barak 8, but it can stop all kinds of subsonic and supersonic missiles.