The defence ministry recently signed a ₹ 313 crore contract with Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) for the mid-life “upgrade and re-powering” of the frontline frigate INS Beas.
- It is the first Brahmaputra Class Frigate to be re-powered from steam to diesel propulsion.
- After completion of Mid Life Upgrade and Re-Powering in 2026, INS Beas will join the active fleet of the Indian Navy, with a modernised weapon suite and upgraded combat capability.
- INS Beas (F37) is a Brahmaputra-class frigate of the Indian Navy.
- It was built at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.
- It was commissioned on 11th July, 2005.
- It is the second ship in the Indian Navy to bear the name.
- The first was a Leopard-class frigate commissioned in 1960 and scrapped in 1992.
- It is a versatile warship capable of a range of missions, including anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, and anti-ship warfare. It is also used for patrolling, surveillance, and providing security to India’s maritime interests.
- The design and construction of the ship are entirely Indian and are a modification of the Godavari-class frigate.
- It has a displacement of about 3,850 tonnes.
- The ship has a length of 126 metres (413 feet) and a beam width of 14.5 metres (48 feet).