The frigates "Admiral Butakov" and "Admiral Istomin" will still be completed for India
According to the source of our blog in the Russian shipbuilding industry, the contract signed with India for the construction of two frigates of project 11356 in October 2018 still provides for the completion of two unfinished frigates of this type for the Indian fleet at Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad. built for the Russian Navy - "Admiral Butakov" (serial number 01360) and "Admiral Istomin" (serial number 01361) - and not the construction of completely new ships, as we reported earlier. At the same time, according to the source, the actual cost of the contract for the completion of these two frigates for India is not $ 950 million, as reported by the Indian media, but $ 1.2 billion.
The fate of the frigate Admiral Kornilov (serial number 01362), which was not completed on the Yantar PSZ, is still uncertain, however, we can assume that it will be used later on as part of the planned additional contract for the construction of two frigates of the project 11356 at the Indian state shipyard Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) in Goa. Actually, from the very beginning of negotiations with India under an agreement on four frigates 11356, it was reported that the "localization" of the construction of two frigates in India involves towing and completing the construction of one unfinished hull in India and the construction of only one ship from scratch in India.
Planned to be completed for India at Yantar PSZ, project 11356 frigates will be equipped with their own standard gas turbine main power plants M7H produced by the Nikolaev GP NPKG Zorya - Mashproekt (Ukraine) - with two sets originally built in Nikolaev for these frigates built for Russian Navy, but never sent to Russia due to the events of 2014. On August 17, 2017, the government procurement commission of the government of India approved the purchase from Ukraine of two specified sets of M7H gas turbine units for frigates of the project 11356 for $ 76 million.
For the two frigates planned for construction in India, the Indian side will order additional sets of power plant on the GP NPKG "Zorya" - "Mashproekt".
Recall that the construction of the second three ships of a modified project 11356 (of the type “Admiral Grigorovich"; sometimes designated as project 11356R or 11357) for the Russian Navy was conducted by the Yantar RPM in Kaliningrad under a contract with the Ministry of Defense of Russia No. З / 1/1/0553 / GK-11-DGOZ from September 13, 2011 worth 40 billion rubles. All six ships of the modified project 11356 were originally planned to replenish the Black Sea Fleet.