Project 17A-class frigate

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Project 17A class CGI.png
An artist's depiction of a Project 17A frigate
Class overview
Name: Project 17A
Builders:
Operators:  Indian Navy
Preceded by: P-17 Shivalik-class
Cost: 45,000 crore (equivalent to 850 billion or US$12 billion in 2018) program cost[1]
Planned: 7
Building: 4
General characteristics
Type: Guided-missile frigate
Displacement: 6,670 tonnes (6,560 long tons; 7,350 short tons)[2]
Length: 149 m (488 ft 10 in)[2]
Beam: 17.8 m (58 ft 5 in)[2]
Draft: 5.22 m (17 ft 2 in)[2]
Depth: 9.9 m (32 ft 6 in)[2]
Installed power:
Speed: 28 kn (52 km/h)[6]
Range:
  • 1,000 nmi (1,900 km) at 28 kn (52 km/h)
  • 5,500 nmi (10,200 km) at 16–18 kn (30–33 km/h)[6]
Complement: 226[6]
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • BEL Ajanta EW suite[8]
  • 4 x Decoy launchers[6]
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 2 × HAL Dhruv or Sea King Mk. 42B helicopters

The Project 17A-class frigate is a follow-on of the Project 17 Shivalik-class frigate for the Indian Navy. A total of seven ships will be built at Mazagon Dock and GRSE. The construction of the first ship started in 2017 and the first ship is expected to delivered by 2022. The anticipated cost for each vessel is above 4,000 crore (US$579 million) and the total deal is expected to be worth more than 6,400 crore (US$926 million). The vessel will incorporate the latest stealth features.[1][12]

Design[edit]

The experience gained in designing the Shivalik-class frigates (Project 17) will be applied to the Project 17A. This class will improve upon the earlier class in terms of stealth. They will have covered mooring deck and the number of antennae on the ship will be reduced by using EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA radar. The P17A will also feature better roll stabilisation and a discreet visual profile. The weapon platform in the P17A ships will be compact and they will be armed with the Barak 8 and BrahMos. The weapon systems will be flush deck mounted allowing vertical launch of missiles from under the deck.[13] The crew complement will be reduced from the existing 257 (including 35 officers) to about 150 by using high levels of automation, which will reduce the operational costs by around 20 per cent and result in higher operational availability of the warships.[12] The construction times will be reduced and productivity will improved by using modular integrated construction.[14] The ship will have a displacement of 6,670 tonnes.[2] Fincantieri has signed a contract with Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) to provide technical advice within the Project 17A.[15]

Construction[edit]

Four of the frigates will be constructed by Mazagon Dock Ltd in Mumbai and three by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers in Kolkata. India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) approved the proposal of Ministry of Defence for starting the Project 17A design-cum-construction programme in September 2012.[13] The contract was signed with the two shipyards in February 2015. Steel cutting ceremony was held on 17 February 2017 which marked the commencement of construction.[16] The first ship is expected to be commissioned by August 2022.[12][17]. On 11 March 2016, the Indian Ministry of Defence approved a 13,000 crore (US$1.9 billion) weapons and sensors package for the project. The frigates will be equipped with Barak 8 (LR-SAM), BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, Ajanta electronic warfare system and Humsa-NG sonar[8][18] In September 2018, MDL and GRSE awarded Bharat Electronics Limited with a $1.28 billion contract to supply seven Barak-8 air defence systems. In October 2018, Bharat Electronics Limited signed a $777 million deal with Israel Aircraft Industries to help fulfil the Barak-8 order.[19]

Ships[edit]

Name Yard No Builder Laid Down Commissioning Status
TBD 12651 Mazagon Dock[20] 28 December 2017[21] August 2022 (expected) Under construction[21]
TBD 12652 February 2023 (expected) Under construction[22]
TBD 12653 February 2024 (expected) Under construction[23]
TBD 12654 February 2025 (expected)
TBD 3022 GRSE[24] 10 November 2018[25] August 2023 (expected) Under construction[26]
TBD 3023 August 2024 (expected)
TBD 3024 August 2025 (expected)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ Verma, Bharat (27 April 2014). "The P-17 frigates, heralds a paradigm shift in the design". Indian Defence Review. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
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  16. ^ "Year End Review- 2017: Ministry of Defence". Press Information Bureau. 18 December 2017. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Indian Navy Orders 7 New Project 17A Stealth Frigates From Local Shipyards MDL And GRSE". www.navyrecognition.com. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Government accepts proposal to acquire specialized guns for Rs 7,000 crore". The Economic Times. PTI. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  19. ^ Dominguez, Gabriel (24 October 2018). "IAI wins USD777 million contract to supply additional Barak-8 LRSAM systems for Indian Navy". Jane's Defence Weekly. Archived from the original on 24 October 2018.
  20. ^ "MDL Tender" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 December 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Construction of P17A class stealth frigates begins". Mid Day. 29 December 2017. Archived from the original on 29 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Annual Report 2017–2018" (PDF). mazagondock.in. Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. p. 4. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Commencement of Production of Third Ship of Project - 17A". www.psuconnect.in. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  24. ^ "::Tender :: DETAIL DESIGN ACTIVITIES FOR P17A SHIPS 3 NOS YARD NOS 3022 3023 3024 Details". www.grse.nic.in. Archived from the original on 13 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  25. ^ Dominguez, Gabriel (14 November 2018). "GRSE lays keel for Indian Navy's second Project 17A frigate". IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. Archived from the original on 14 November 2018.
  26. ^ Gupta, Jayanta (20 September 2018). "GRSE plans growth with proposed IPO". The Times of India.

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