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INS Tushil

Guided-Missile Frigate Warship [ 2026 ]

The former Russian Navy ship Admiral Butakov is set to make up the new Indian Navy INS Tushil guided-missile frigate.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/07/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

INS Tushil is a new guided-missile frigate warship destined for Indian Navy service. The vessel is the former Russian Navy Admiral Butakov built by the Yantar Shipyard of Russia, laid down on July 13th, 2013, and launched on March 5th, 2016. An agreement between the two nations has resulted in the hull being sold to India for service under a different name in same role. Rebuilding of the vessel was started on October 28th, 2021 with commissioning expected sometime after 2022.

INS Tushil will retain all of capabilities inherent in the Admiral Grigorovich-class of fighting frigates - three serving the modern Russian Navy. This includes modern air- / surface-search radar, Fire Control Systems (FCSs), and hull-mounted / towed sonar. The vessel will carry an enhanced Electronic Warfare (EW) suite and countermeasures (including decoys) to meet modern threats. Armament will run the gamut of ballistic, missile, and torpedo weaponry and a single navalized helicopter will be supported from the stern-based helipad. A full-service hangar facility will ensure proper at-sea maintenance of the rotorcraft (Ka-27 or similar).

Onboard is a crew of approximately 200 and supplies allow the ship to remain on-station up to 30 days.

Power will be supplied by a COmbined Gas-And-Gas (COGAG) arrangement involving 2 x DS-71 gas turbines for cruising actions and 2 x DT-59 gas turbines for dash actions driving the vessel to ocean-going speeds of 30 knots out to a range of 5,600 miles.

Structural dimensions include a running length of 409.4 feet, a beam of 49.9 feet, and a draught of 13.8 feet. Displacement is 3,620 tons under standard loads and up to 4,000 tons under full load.

INS Tushil is set to join another ex-Admiral Grigrovich vessel - INS Tamala - as the Indian Navy welcomes its two newest fighting frigates into service before the end of the decade. As currently planned, Tamala will be commissioned after the arrival of Tushil.©MilitaryFactory.com
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October 2018 - Indian has signed a formal deal with Russia to have the still-under-construction Admiral Butakov refitted for service with the Indian Navy.



Service Year

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Program in Progress.

Admiral Grigorovich-class

Admiral Grigorovich; Admiral Essen; Admiral Makarov; Admiral Kornilov; INS Tushil; INS Tamala

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore Bombardment
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Maritime Patrol
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Fleet Support
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.

Main armament is housed in primary turret(s) arrangement offering enhanced protection.
Onboard systems alert and protect the vessel from airborne, low-flying airborne threats through ballistic and / or missile weaponry.
An Over-the-Horizon operational capability is granted to the vessel, typically through launched fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft.
The vessel supports the launching of missiles against airborne, waterborne, or land-based targets at range; typical of modern designs.
Ability to launch torpedoes against ocean-going targets.
Ability to launch salvo of rockets against submarine threats.

409.4 ft
124.79 m
49.9 ft
15.21 m
13.8 ft
4.21 m

Installed Power: COGAG (COmbined Gas-And-Gas): 2 x DS-71 gas turbines developing 8,450 horsepower for cruising; 2 x DT-59 gas turbines developing 22,000 horsepower for dash actions; 2 x Shafts astern.
Surface Speed
30.0 kts
(34.5 mph)
4,866 nm
(5,600 mi | 9,012 km)

kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers

1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
1 x 100mm A-190E-01 turreted deck gun.
2 x 12-cell Vertical Launch Systems (VLSs) for 3S90M Shtil-1 Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs).
2 x 4-cell VLSs for "BrahMos" land-attack / anti-ship cruise missiles.
8 x "Igla-S" MAN-Portable Air Defense (MANPAD) SAM launchers.
2 x DTA-53-11356 twin-torpedo tubes.
2 x 30mm AK-630 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
1 x RBU-6000 Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launcher.

Supported Types

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1 x Kamov Ka-27 (or similar) supported from the stern-based helipad.

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