Mahendragiri is the 7th warship of the Indian Navy’s Project 17A, whose frigates are more advanced than the Project 17 or the Shivalik class frigates.
The former has improved stealth characteristics, upgraded sensors, new weapons and excellent platform management systems.
Mahendragiri, India’s latest warship, was launched on Friday by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar’s wife at Mumbai’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders LTD.
Recently, Indian President Draupadi Murmu launched the 6th warship of this project, called Vindhyagiri, on 17th August at GRSE. The rest five warships of this project were launched between 2019-2022.
Mahendragiri is 149 m long and 17.8 m broad, with a top speed of 28 knots.
It is the last stealth frigate of this project, with the other four constructed at Mazagon Dock and the remaining at GRSE in Kolkata.
With a displacement of 6670 tonnes, the warships of Project 17A are at different construction stages and will be handed over to the Navy between 2024-2026.
Launching a naval warship is a major milestone and a proud moment for the nation. It marks the first time when the vessel enters the waters.
Indian Navy mentioned in a statement that Mahendragiri is an advanced warship and is symbolic of India’s will to embrace its naval heritage while making its defence sector self-reliant.
This launch is a major milestone and comes at a crucial point when achieving self-reliance in the defence sector is a key priority for India and when the power dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region are altering with China’s army and navy’s relentless attempts to expand its foothold in the region.
References: Times of India, Hindustan Times
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