India’s state-owned shipbuilder, Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) has begun the construction of first P17A-class stealth frigate for the Indian Navy, on Dec. 28, 2017.
The keel of the ship (Yard no: 12651) was laid by Vice Admiral D M Deshpande, Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition (CWP&A) in the presence of Cmde Rakesh Anand, Chairman & Managing Director, MDL and other senior officials of MDL and the Indian Navy.
Project 17A-class frigate is a follow-on of the Project 17 Shivalik-class stealth frigate for the Indian Navy.
A total of seven ships will be built by Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE). Four of the frigates will be constructed by MDL in Mumbai and three by GRSE in Kolkata. The construction times will be reduced and productivity will improved by using modular integrated construction.
The P17A class frigates will have enhanced stealth features. The P17A will also feature better roll stabilisation and a discreet visual profile.
These ships are being built using indigenously developed steel and fitted with state-of-the-art weapon and sensor systems along with advanced Integrated Platform Management System.
The 6,670-tonne frigates will be equipped with Barak 8 long range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM), BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, EL/M-2248 MF-STAR multifunction active electronically scanned array (AESA) naval radar system, Ajanta electronic warfare (EW) system and Humsa-NG sonar. The weapon systems will be flush deck mounted allowing vertical launch of missiles from under the deck.
The crew complement will be reduced from the existing 257 (including 35 officers) to about 150 by using high levels of automation, which will reduce the operational costs by around 20 per cent and result in higher operational availability of the warships.
The construction of the first ship started in 2017 and the first ship is expected to delivered by 2022.