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Vindhyagiri INS and Project 17A

  • The President’s inauguration of INS Vindhyagiri, the final vessel in the Project 17A (Alpha) frigates series, was a watershed moment for India’s maritime power and self-reliance.
  • The introduction of the sixth vessel in the Project 17A Frigates class, INS Vindhyagiri, continues India’s naval tradition.

INS Vindhyagiri Facts

  • The sixth ship in the Project 17A Frigates series, INS Vindhyagiri, demonstrates India’s dedication to indigenous defence technologies and self-reliance.
  • INS Vindhyagiri, like INS Nilgiri, Udaygiri, Himgiri, Taragiri, and Dunagiri, takes its name from a mountain range in Karnataka.
  • These frigates are an evolution of the Project 17 (Shivalik Class) Frigates, with enhanced stealth, superior armaments, and cutting-edge sensors.
  • Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, India, constructs it.

Important characteristics

  • Utilises a cutting-edge propulsion system that allows for speeds of more than 28 knots, ensuring swift responsiveness and agility in a variety of operational settings.
  • It is outfitted with cutting-edge stealth characteristics that improve its ability to function discreetly and avoid detection.
  • Over 75% of the equipment and systems used are sourced locally, including Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
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