Indian Navy

The Third Stealth Frigate Under Project 17A, Taragiri, Was Launched

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  • The Steel Authority of India Limited makes DMR 249A, a low-carbon micro-alloy grade steel that is used to make the hulls of P17A frigates.
  • The ship's ability to fight submarines will be strengthened by triple-tube lightweight torpedo launchers and rocket launchers that were made on board.

The Nilgiri-class stealth guided-missile frigate Taragiri, which was made by Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and designed and built in India, was unveiled in Mumbai on Sunday morning.

Taragiri is the third stealth frigate built for the Navy as part of Project 17A, which is building a number of these guided-missile frigates.

The government called for “national mourning” after Queen Elizabeth died, so there were no celebrations at the event. It could only be a technical launch, and the schedule could not be changed because it depended on the tides.

Charu Singh, president of the Navy Wives Welfare Association for the western region and wife of Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, gave the ship its name.

MDL said that the ship was built using an integrated construction method. This means that the hull blocks were built in different places and then brought together and put together on the slipway at MDL. The ship Taragiri’s keel was set in September 2020, and the ship should be finished by August 2025.

The ship is being put into the water with a launch weight of about 3,510 tonnes. The Bureau of Naval Design, which is part of the Indian Navy, is in charge of making the ship’s plans. The Warship Overseeing Team is in charge of the ship’s design and construction, which were done by MDL (Mumbai).

The Nilgiri, the first ship in Project 17A, was launched on September 28, 2019, and sea trials are expected to take place in the first half of 2024. Project 17A is worth about Rs 25,700 crores all together. The Udaygiri, the second ship in the P17A class, was put into service on May 17, and sea trials are expected to begin in the second half of 2024. On June 28, this year, the keel of the fourth and last ship was put down.

Officials say that the 149-meter-long and 17.8-meter-wide ship is powered by two gas turbines and two main diesel engines that are designed to move the ship at a speed of more than 28 knots with a weight of up to 6,670 tonnes.

The Steel Authority of India Limited makes DMR 249A, a low-carbon micro-alloy grade steel that is used to make the hulls of P17A frigates. This steel was made in India. The Taragiri will have state-of-the-art weapons, sensors, an advanced action information system, an integrated platform management system, world-class modular living spaces, a sophisticated power distribution system, and a lot of other high-tech features.

It will have a surface-to-surface missile system that can fire missiles faster than sound. The vertical launch and long-range surface-to-air missile system will be the centre of the ship’s air defence, which is meant to protect it from enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles. The ship will have two 30 mm rapid-fire guns for close-in defence, and it will also have an SRGM gun for effective naval gunfire support. The ship’s ability to fight submarines will be strengthened by triple-tube lightweight torpedo launchers and rocket launchers that were made on board.

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