Russia, Sri Lanka Discuss Delivery Contract of Gepard 3.9 Frigates

© Sputnik / Maksim Bogovid / Go to the mediabankThe official christening ceremony of the Project 1166 Gepard 3.9/Dinh Tien Hoang-class light frigate, produced for the Vietnamese Navy, takes place in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan.
The official christening ceremony of the Project 1166 Gepard 3.9/Dinh Tien Hoang-class light frigate, produced for the Vietnamese Navy, takes place in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan. - Sputnik International
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Russia and Sri Lanka are in discussions over a contract on the delivery of Gepard 3.9-class frigates to Colombo, the deputy director of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) told Sputnik.

The launch of the Gepard 3.9 class  frigate at the Gorky Zelenodolsk Plant in Tatarstan. (File) - Sputnik International
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LANGKAWI (Malaysia) (Sputnik) — An export version of Gepard-class Project 1166.1 frigates, Gepard 3.9 may be used in wartime to resist the engagement of enemy aircraft, ships and submarines; conduct escort missions; carry out of patrol duties; and provide fire support to landing missions and mine-laying.

"The contract is currently at the stage of discussion," Mikhail Petukhov said at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition LIMA-2017 where he leads the Russian delegation.

Russia delivered two Gepard 3.9s to Vietnam in 2011, with two other guard vessels under construction in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan.

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