The first quarter kick-off for Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) began with the launch of two front-line warships, namely Udaygiri – the second Nilgiri-class stealth frigate and Surat, the fourth launch-launched destroyer. Visakhapatnam-class missiles.
The second quarter will be marked by the launch of the third vessel of Project 17A’ Taragiri and Yard 12653, Taragiri is scheduled to launch on September 11, 2022.
According to the press release, this ship was built using an integrated construction methodology that involves building hull blocks in different geographic locations and integrating on Slipway at MDL. 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).
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 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.
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.
As of Wednesday morning, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd is currently trading at Rs382 per share, up Rs1.95 or 0.51% from its previous close of Rs380.05 per share on BSE.
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