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Indian Navy to Get First 'Stealth' Warship - 2003-06-17

The Indian navy is scheduled to commission on Wednesday its first warship built with "stealth-type" technology at a ceremony in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Indian navy uses the term "stealth" to describe the Russian-built INS Talwar because it has been designed to make it less visible to enemy radars than conventional destroyers.

Indian naval officials say the new 4,000-ton Krivak class warship will "significantly increase the punch and reach" of the Indian navy. India plans to commission another such warship during a visit by Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes to Russia in June. India is Russia's biggest buyer of military hardware, including fighter jets, tanks and other equipment worth billions of dollars.