INS Talwar is the lead Talwar-class frigate warship of the Indian Navy. The literal meaning of its name is "Sword" in Hindi. The ship was built in Russia and commissioned into the Indian Navy on June 18, 2003.
Since the commissioning, INS Talwar (F40) has participated in various operations and exercises, participation in the exercise Cutlass Express- 21 being the latest. The ship is affiliated with the Indian Army and continues to be a frontline warship of the Indian Navy's Western Fleet.
INS Talwar - Design and Construction
INS Talwar falls under the Talwar class of frigates. They have modified Krivak III-class frigates built in Russia under the Indo-Russian joint production. However, many Indian-originated systems have also been incorporated into the ship.
It was built by the Baltiyskiy shipyard, one of the oldest shipyards in Russia. It was scheduled to be delivered to the Indian Navy in May 2002, after the running state and acceptance trials.
The ship completed its sea trial in the Baltic Sea on May 29, 2002.
The late Vice Admiral Satish Soni commissioned INS Talwar formally into the Indian Navy on June 18, 2003. On August 12, 2003, the ship entered India from Mumbai's Naval Dockyard after a long journey from St. Petersburg.
INS Talwar Characteristics
124.8m or 409 ft
56 km/h or 30 knots
7810km or 4,850 miles
3,620 tons standard,
4,035 tons full load
Sensors and processing systems
- 1-3Ts-25E Garpun-B radar at I-band frequency,
- 1-MR-212/201-1 radar at I-band frequency,
- 1 Kelvin Hughes Nucleus-2 6000A radar
- 1 Ladoga-ME-11356 inertial navigation and stabilisation suite
- 24- Shtil-1 medium-range missiles
- 8- Igla-1E (SA-16)
- 8-VLS launched Klub, anti-ship cruise missiles
- 1-100mm A-190E, naval gun
- 2-Kashtan CIWS
- 2 - 2 533mm torpedo tubes
- 1 - RBU-6000 (RPK-8) rocket launcher
- 1-Ka-28 Helix-A
- Ka-31 Helix B or HAL Dhruv helicopter
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INS Talwar - Recent Operations
- Operation Samudra Setu II
INS Talwar was a part of the Indian Navy's Operation Samudra Setu-II. It helped fulfil India's liquid medical oxygen (LMO) requirement by shipping oxygen-filled cylinders, liquid oxygen, and cryogenic tanks from overseas suppliers.
The operation was a part of the ongoing national effort to fight the Covid-19 pandemic by bringing much-needed oxygen and other medical supplies from foreign countries. Nine warships, including INS Talwar, were diverted for the operation.
- Exercise Cutlass Express-21
INS Talwar also participated in the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2021 (CE 2conducted in Kenya from July 26 to August 6, 2021. It was an annual maritime exercise to promote national and regional maritime security in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean.
The 2021 edition of the exercise saw the participation of 12 Eastern African countries, the US, the UK, India, and various international organizations. The Indian Navy and other participating countries shared information and conducted training in multiple fields across the spectrum of maritime security operations.
INS Talwar is an important asset to the Indian Navy. It has supported the Navy on many operations, including the search and rescue operations during the recent cyclone Tauktae.
FAQs on INS Talwar
Q.1. What is INS Talwar?
INS Talwar (F40) is the lead ship of the Talwar-class frigates of the Indian Navy.
Q.2. Where was the INS Talwar built?
INS Talwar was built by the Baltiyskiy shipyard, one of the oldest shipyards in Russia.
Q.3. INS Talwar falls under which class of frigates?
INS Talwar falls under the Talwar class of frigates. They have modified Krivak III-class frigates built in Russia under the Indo-Russian joint production.
Q.4. When was the INS Talwar formally commissioned into the Indian Navy?
INS Talwar formally into the Indian Navy on June 18, 2003, by the late Vice Admiral Satish Soni.
Q.5. What are some of the recent operations by INS Talwar?
Operation Samudra Setu-II and Exercise Cutlass Express-21 are two of the recent operations by INS Talwar.