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Warship Vindhyagiri UPSC NOTE



  • Vindhyagiri, the sixth Stealth Frigate of Project 17A being built at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.

  • M/s GRSE has established itself as a reliable partner of the Indian Navy, with a record of multiple successful conventional launches in the past. 

  • The ship named after the mountain range in Karnataka.

  • Vindhyagiri, a technologically advanced frigate, pays tribute to its predecessor, the erstwhile INS Vindhyagiri.

  • President Droupadi Murmu on 17th August 2023 launched Vindhyagiri.

Project 17A (Alpha)

  • Project 17 Alpha frigates (P-17A) were launched by the Indian Navy in 2019.

  • The project was launched by the defence forces of India to construct a series of stealth guided-missile frigates, which are currently being constructed by two companies - Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE).

  • Project 17A Frigates are the follow-on class of the Project 17 (Shivalik Class) Frigates, with

    • Improved stealth features

    • Advanced weapons & sensors

    • Radar-absorbent coatings

    • Platform management systems.

    • Technology to reduces the infrared signals of the ship.

  • Seven Project 17A Frigates are under various stages of construction at MDL and GRSE.

    • The ships have been named INS Nilgiri, INS Himgiri, INS Udaygiri, INS Dunagiri, INS Taragiri, INS Vindhyagiri and INS Mahendragiri after the names of hill ranges.

  • Between 2019 and 2022, Five P17A Project ships have been launched. 

  • These were 'Nilgiri', 'Himgiri', 'Udaygiri','Dunagiri' and Taragiri and the sixth frigate is 'Vindhyagiri'.

  • The first stealth ship launched under Project 17A was the Nilgiri, which was launched in 2019.

  • The design of Advanced Stealth Frigates also showcases the prowess of the Warship Design Bureau, in designing technologically advanced warships for the Indian Navy. 

  • With the launch, the Nation's indigenous expertise and engineering capabilities receives a major boost, reducing India’s dependence on foreign suppliers, promoting self-reliance and fostering a robust defence industrial base. 

  • Over 75% of the orders of Project 17A, have been placed on indigenous firms including MSMEs, keeping in line with the Government’s vision of ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’. 

  • Economic development, employment generation, growth of MSMEs and ancillary industry in the country, are positive spin offs of the shipbuilding project.



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Warship Vindhyagiri UPSC NOTE
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