New Delhi: Taragiri, the third Project 17A stealth frigate, was launched on Sunday by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) – a Ministry of Defense company. The vessel was built using an integrated construction methodology which involves construction of hull blocks in different geographical locations and integration/fitting on Slipway at MDL, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways said in a statement.
The first ship of Project 17A, Nilgiri, was launched on September 28, 2019 and is scheduled to undergo sea trials in the first half of 2024. The second ship – Udaygiri – was launched in May this year and is scheduled to begin sea trials in course of the second half of 2024. The keel of the fourth and last ship was already laid on June 28, 2022.
Here’s everything you need to know about the warship
- The keel of Taragiri was laid two years ago on September 10 and the vessel is expected to be delivered by August 2025. The vessel is designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house design organization – the Bureau of Naval Design.
- The steel used in the hull construction of the P17A frigates is locally developed DMR 249A – which is a low carbon micro-alloy grade steel manufactured by SAIL.
- The locally designed ‘Taragiri’ will feature weapons, sensors, an advanced action information system, an integrated platform management system, world-class modular living spaces, a sophisticated power distribution system and a host of other features. It will be equipped with a supersonic surface-to-surface missile system.
- The ship’s air defense capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles, will revolve around the vertical launch and long-range surface-to-air missile system.
- Two 30mm rapid-fire cannons will provide the ship with a close defense capability while an SRGM (Super Rapid Gun Mount) cannon will allow her to provide effective naval support.
- Locally developed lightweight triple-tube torpedo launchers and rocket launchers will add punch to the ship’s anti-submarine capability.