Vindhyagiri, a Project 17A Frigate, will be unveiled by President Murmu at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited in Kolkata on Thursday, the Ministry of Defence declared in a recent release.
Vindhyagiri, titled after the mountain range in Karnataka, is the sixth vessel of the Project 17A Frigates. The warships are follow-ons of the Project 17 Class Frigates (the Shivalik Class), with strengthened stealth features, advanced weapons, sensors, and platform management systems.
#Vindhyagiri, the sixth Project 17A Frigate, will be launched by the Hon’ble #PresidentofIndia Smt Droupadi Murmu, at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata on #17Aug 23.#AatmaNirbharBharat@rashtrapatibhvn @OfficialGRSE
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) August 13, 2023
It’s a technologically advanced Frigate, which pays tribute to the exceptional service of its predecessor, the INS Vindhyagiri, the ASW Frigate belonging to the Leander Class.
The old Vindhyagiri, in its almost 31 years of service, had witnessed challenging operations and several multinational exercises. The newly christened vessel now stands as a symbol of the country’s determination to embrace its naval heritage while propelling it toward a future of indigenous defence capabilities, per the Ministry of Defence release.
Under the Project 17A program, four vessels by M/s MDL and three by M/s GRSE are currently under construction. The first five vessels of the project were launched by GRSE and MDL between 2019 and 2022.
Project 17A’s vessel ships have in-house designs executed by India’s Navy’s Warship Design Bureau, the pioneer organization for warship design assignments.
Aligning with the nation’s commitment to “AatmaNirbharta”, 75% of the orders for systems and equipment of Project 17A vessels are from indigenous companies, including small, micro, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The Vindhyagiriis launch is an ideal testament to our Nation’s progress in coming up with a self-sufficient naval force, stated the release.
References: WION, India.com, Economic Times
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