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Mahendragiri Frigate

Mahendragiri Frigate:

India’s latest warship, Mahendragiri, at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai launched

  • It is the seventh and last stealth frigate of Project 17A Frigates.
  • It is named after a mountain peak in Eastern Ghats located in Odisha.
  • The ship is being built by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.
  • Project 17A was launched by the defence forces of India to construct a series of stealth guided-missile frigates.
  • Under the Project 17A programme, four ships by Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and three by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) are being built.
  • These warships follow the Project 17 Class Frigates (Shivalik Class) and boast enhanced stealth features, advanced weapons, sensors, and platform management systems.
  • Project 17A ships have been designed in-house by the Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau WDB.
  • As much as 75% of the orders for equipment and systems of Project 17A ships are from indigenous firms, including MSMEs.
  • The first six ships of the project have been launched so far by MDL & GRSE between 2019-2023.