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The third ship of Project 17A – Taragiri is to be launched today. 5 points

A Project 17A frigate, Taragiri, will be launched in Mumbai today. The launch event will take place at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai. Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, FOC-IN-C, Western Naval Command, will be the chief guest of the event.

Taragiri: 5 points to know

This ship was built using an integrated construction methodology which involves building hull blocks in different geographic locations and integrating/assembling on Slipway at MDL.

The ship’s air defense capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles, will revolve around the vertical launch and long-range surface-to-air missile system. Two 30mm rapid-fire cannons will provide the ship with a close defense capability while an SRGM cannon will allow her to provide effective naval support. Locally developed lightweight triple-tube torpedo launchers and rocket launchers will add punch to the ship’s anti-submarine capability.

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The vessel is designed by Indian Navy’s in-house design organization viz. Naval Design Bureau

Taragiri’s keel was laid on September 10, 2020 and is expected to be delivered by August 2025. The vessel will be launched with a launch weight of approximately 3510 tons. The vessel is designed by Indian Navy’s in-house design organization viz. Naval design office. MDL is carrying out the detailed design and construction which is supervised by Warship Overseeing Team (Mumbai). Taragiri’, named after a range of Himalayan hills located in Garhwal, is the fifth ship of the Project 17A frigates. These ships are the advanced versions of the P17 (Shivalik-class) frigates with enhanced stealth features, state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, and platform management systems.

The 149.02m long and 17.8m wide vessel, powered by a CODOG combination of two gas turbines and 02 main diesel engines designed to reach a speed of over 28 knots at a displacement of approx. 6670 Tons. The steel used in the hull construction of the P17A frigates is locally developed DMR 249A, which is a low carbon micro alloy grade steel manufactured by SAIL. This locally designed stealth frigate will have state-of-the-art weapons, sensors, an advanced action information system, an integrated platform management system, modular living spaces class, a sophisticated power distribution system and a host of other advanced features. It will be equipped with a supersonic surface-to-surface missile system.

The native content of the P17A frigate is approx. 75%, which is a cut above its P17 Shivalik Class Ships predecessors. The ship will be integrated with a large number of indigenous equipment and machinery from major industrial houses in the country as well as more than 100 MSMEs. Indigenization efforts have been given a new impetus with the government’s “Make in India” policy, leading to the development of ancillary industries as well as the creation of job opportunities both locally and across the country. India and thereby strengthening the economy. With this launch, we reiterate our strong commitment to the continued development of our capability to build indigenous warships. The fact that this vessel is designed and built in India amply sums up our commitment to indigenization in our quest for strategic autonomy, an imperative for any relevant national power.

The first quarter of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) began with the launch of two frontline warships, namely Udaygiri – the second Nilgiri-class stealth frigate and Surat – the fourth Visakhapatnam-class guided missile destroyer . The shipyard has upgraded its infrastructure and facilities to undertake integrated construction and has also implemented several Industry 4.0 technology components including Product Data Management (PDM) / Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) , the virtual reality laboratory (VRL) and augmented reality for inspections. . With these clearances, MDL currently has an overall capability to simultaneously build 10 capital warships and 11 submarines.

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