India is all set to launch its indigenously built stealth-guided missile frigate Taragiri on September 11,2022. This, when India recently commissioned its second aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on September 2,2022. The consecutive launch of naval vessels by the Indian Navy shows its transformation from “a buyer “ to “a builder”.
The ship will be a big boost in strengthening the firepower of the Indian Navy which has many challenges in the Indian Ocean as an assertive China is encircling India through its “String of Pearls” theory.
Characteristics of the ship
- The indigenously designed stealth Frigate will have state-of-the-art weapons, sensors and an advanced action information system.
- It will be equipped with an integrated platform management system, world class modular living spaces, sophisticated power distribution system and a host of other advanced features.
- It will be fitted with a supersonic surface-to-surface missile system. The ship’s air defence capability is designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft
- Indigenously developed triple tube light weight torpedo launchers and rocket launchers will add punch to the ship’s anti-submarine capability.
What is Project 17-A
- The Nilgiri class frigates, codenamed as “ project 17-A” is a project to build a series of stealth guided missile frigates.
- The frigates are to be built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers(GRSE), for the Indian Navy.
- The project cost is around Rs 45000 crore and it was cleared in 2009 by the Defence Acquisition Council.
- Under the project, 7 stealth frigates are to be developed for the Indian Navy.
- While GRSE is building three of these warships, the remaining four are being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited.
Push towards Atma nirbharta in Defence
- The components used in the ship are 75% indigenious.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s indigenous drive is taking India towards the path of strategic autonomy which is an important element of national power.
- The Indian Navy has been at the forefront in the country’s drive for indigenisation. The Navy is actively pursuing arms and ammunition which are indieginous in nature.
The ship will help in strengthening the combat capability of the Indian Navy. The Security challenges in the Indian Ocean are on the rise. The ship will help India to achieve the vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region) which was given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A stronger Indian Navy will help India to protect, preserve and promote its maritime interests in the region.