India made the most advanced stealth frigate project will be delayed two years to deliver
Indian-made Project 28 stealth frigate 3D renderings
It SteelGuru website August 24, 2009 reported that although India Goodrich shipbuilding and engineering company’s engineering and technical personnel who are in the Indian Navy’s most advanced stealth frigate project efforts But the project (Project 28) still delayed two years. The first frigate will be delivered early next year fleet.
But according to other media reports, the ship of this type of bow may be delivered in June 2012. Another three will be delivered one every other year. The main reason to postpone delivery of the Indian Navy has developed a stealth ship every part of the standard equipment, the supplier is trying to develop the engine, transmission, air conditioning and power systems to meet the needs of damping and noise reduction stealth. Moreover, the Navy has commissioned most of the equipment suppliers in India.
Project 28 frigate with a displacement of 2500 tons, to protect the Indian Navy battle groups and on-shore facilities from the threat of enemy submarines. Between anti-submarine frigates and submarines in the fighting, stealth frigate is usually the winner, it can not detect the case of detecting and destroying targets.
Project 28 The challenge is to machinery and equipment from ships, propeller noise and vibration and sound through the hull to minimize the eddy. However, the progress of development of these devices have the delay.
Although the progress of the delay, but the Kirloskar Group has delivered the engine. In early 2009, the French DCNS also provides Raft submarine transmission, can fully resist the noise from the power unit. But Indian companies are still going on four Wartsila diesel alternators damping work. Once all devices are in place, most of the space of six frigates hull will be separated, crane engine will be similar to the 65 tons of large equipment, like homing. Then again, the hull will be welded shut.
India Indian Navy decided to establish a domestic supplier base for the development of high-tech products ship. The early Indian country to meet the needs of high technology level is very difficult. But India insisted that its vendors to provide most of the equipment. Because of this capability for its own shipbuilding industry is very important.
Project 28 from the approved project cost has been increased to 280 billion rupees to 700 billion rupees is now expected. This is consistent with India’s past, but the cost of construction increased the proportion of ships.
Project 28 frigates in fleet equipment, when both have stealth capabilities, but also equipped with a variety of weapons. Pieces of equipment in the bow of the Alto Laila’s ultra-fast gun, capable of firing 76 mm gun deal with air and surface targets. The ship’s side with two national research rocket launchers, submarines and surface ships able to fire. Also equipped with six torpedo tubes for launching torpedoes on the submarine attack. Two AK 630 Gatling, one on each side, to attack the aircraft. In addition, may also be equipped with vertical launch of missiles used to attack surface targets. (China Research Institute of Shipbuilding Technology and Economy in the red)