Defense website LiveFist reported that P17A is India’s most advanced stealth frigate project, known as the Nilgiri class until now.
It is expected to be officially launched by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on 28 September and the delivery date for the first frigate is 2022.
In 2009, the Indian Navy granted its largest-ever approval of its indigenous defense manufacturing contract worth Rs 45,000 crore for the manufacture of seven advanced stealth frigates. The contract was signed in 2015.
The construction of these frigates was awarded to Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL) in Mumbai and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GSRE) in Kolkata. MDSL will make four of these frigates and the remaining three will be made by GSRE.
In December 2017, MDSL stipulated to build the first ship. GSRE held its nail-laying ceremony almost a year later on November 2018. It is committed to delivering the first fridge by 2023 (MDL will do in 2022) and the remaining two in 2024 and 2025 respectively.
The cost of each frigate is approximately $ 900 million which is approximately Rs 6,500 crore.
The first scale model of the Nilgiri Stealth Frigate was unveiled by MDSL at the 2018 DefExpo in Chennai.
It will be powered by two General Electric LM2500 gas turbines and two MAN built diesel engines. This will help the frigate achieve a range of 5,500 nautical miles at a top speed of 28 knots and a speed of 10-15 knots.
It will be equipped with two long-range surface to surface BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to deal with air hazards. The Barak missiles will be supplied by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in association with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
To command the seas, it will be fitted with a pair of RBU-6000 rocket launches and two triple tube torpedo launchers. Besides, the frigate will be fitted with defense mechanisms such as four decoy launchers and two anti-torpedo decoy systems.
It will also be equipped with AK-630M close-in weapon system and 76 mm MR gun.
Its construction will adopt the modern Integrated Construction (IC) methodology, in which blocks are made from equipment such as pipes to reduce the time of construction.
Best Ever Stealth Frigates of the Indian Navy:
The Nilgiri class frigates have been dubbed as a more stealthy version of the Indian Navy’s P-17 Shivalik class frigates – the first stealth frigates manufactured in India.
According to reports, when completed, the Nilgiri-class frigate will have “significantly higher stealth quality in the superstructure”. This objective can be achieved through a modular deck configuration and higher incline.
Experts have described the design and construction capability of the project as one of the finest in the world. When completed, it is expected to be the most advanced stealth frigate in the Indian Navy’s hands.
Source: Swarajya Mag