Kolkata: The second ship of the Project 17A or Nilgiri-class Stealth Frigate and GRSE (Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd) built first ‘INS Himgiri‘ successfully launched today at Kolkata.
The ship was launched under the presence of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat.
'Himgiri', the 2nd of Project 17A class of stealth frigates, was launched today at @OfficialGRSE, #Kolkata by Smt Madhulika Rawat, spouse of General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief Guest.#AtmaNirbharBharat @makeinindia @DefenceMinIndia @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/5q7bxqxVuX
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) December 14, 2020
INS Himgiri was laid down on 10 November 2018 and within 25 months GRSE launched the frigates for sea trials. She was expected to induct into the service of Indian Navy by 2023.
Project 17A or the Nilgiri-class frigates is the follow on of the Project 17 Shivalik-class frigates for Indian Navy. Under this project a total 7 stealth frigates will be built by two Shipyards of India.
The contract with two Shipyards was signed in 2015 at Rs 45,000 crore (6.3 Billion USD) by government of India.
Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) will construct four frigates, out of which one frigates already launched by MDL in 28 September 2019. The remaining three frigates will be build by GRSE, out of 3, GRSE launched INS Himgiri today.
The name of the upcoming ships are Taragiri, Udyagiri, Dunagiri, Vindhyagiri and Mahendragiri.
INS Himgiri Specification
The Nilgiri-class frigates have a Displacement of 6,670 tonnes, powered with 2 x MAN Diesel 12V28/33D STC engines capable in generating 6000 kW each.
The ships were also fitted with 2 General Electric LM2500 gas turbine engines to reduce acoustic signature. INS Himgiri can cruise at a speed of 28 knots and it has a range of around 4,600 KM.
The ships was fitted with Israeli EL/M-2248 MF-STAR S band Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, capable in tracking at range of around 250-480 KM.
INS Himgiri incorporates indigenous sensors like HUMSA-NG (Next Generation) bow sonar, Ajanta EW (Electronic Warfare) suite by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Kavach decoy launcher by Ordinance Factory Board.
The P17A ships is armed with Barak 8 Surface to Air Missiles and BrahMos Supersonic cruise missiles. It can also carry 2 HAL Dhruv or Sea King helicopters in its hanger.
All the remaining 5 ships will be launched by the end of 2023 and will be induct into the service of Indian Navy by 2025.