INS Beas [F37] is a missile frigate warship, currently in service with the Indian Navy. It belongs to the the Brahmaputra-class of guided missile frigates, of which there are two more, the flag ship INS Brahmaputra [F31] & INS Betwa [F39]. These warship are of indigenous design and build, having been constructed at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers shipyard in West Bengal.
As is the characteristic feature of all such indigenous warship, the INS Beas & the other warships of its class are a fine example of integrating western & Indian sub-systems onto a common weapon platform to serve the requirements of the end-user [the Indian Navy]. Propelled by steam turbines built by state-owned PSU Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. [BHEL] & fitted alongside a vast array of radars, SONARS & Electronic Warfare [EW] suites developed by Indian R&D organisations are,
- Kh-35 Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles [Uran] of Russian origin
- Israeli Barak surface-to-air missile [SAM]
- A.244/S anti-submarine torpedoes sourced from Italy.
In 2009, the Navies of Russia & India engaged in a joint Naval exercise in the Baltic Sea, titled PASSEX which was also being observed as the 'Year of India' in Russia. These photographs show the Beas moored at the St. Petersburg port and thrown open for the public to visit during a 5-day goodwill visit preceding the war games.
Related: India-Russia military co-operation