Moving towards self-reliance and increasing its muscles power, the Mazagon Dockyard Limited laid the construction of P17A class stealth frigates. The launch Event was attended by Vice Admiral D M Deshpande, CWP&A who laid the construction, and other senior members Cmde Rakesh Anand, chairman & managing director, MDL; Sanjiv Sharma, director (finance); and senior officials of MDL and Indian Navy.
The vessels are built under Navy’s Project 17A which is a follow-on of the Project 17 Shivalik-class frigates which are operating within the Indian Navy. A total of seven P17A vessels will be built in which four will be constructed in MDL and three in GRSE with MDL as the lead yard.
The vessel will be armed with a state-of-the-art weapon system consisting of Barak-8 anti-air defence system, BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, torpedoes, four MR-90 Orekh target illuminators and much more.