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India - First Krivak Class Warship To Be Delivered (17 Jun 2003)

The first out of the three Krivak class "stealth" warships from Russia would be inducted into the Indian Navy on Wednesday. The ship, christened "INS Talwar", is a 4,000 tonne displacement "stealth warship.

India Navy Chief Admiral Madhavendra Singh went to Russia on Monday to undertake the delivery of the warship and the warship will be delivered at a ceremony at St. Petersburg.

The induction of all three warships would have happened 18 months back, but this was delayed due to faults in its missile systems. The surface-to-air "Shipil" missile, failed during the test flight.

However, the faults have been rectified and more tests will be conducted in the presence of the Navy Chief.