Launch of Y – 12654 (MAHENDRAGIRI)

Syllabus: Defence Technology

Context

Mahendragiri, the last Project 17A Frigate, will be launched at M/s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai on 01 Sep 23.

Mahendragiri

  • It was named after a mountain peak in Eastern Ghats located in the state of Orissa, is the seventh ship of the Project 17A Frigates.
  • These warships are follow-ons of the Project 17 Class Frigates (Shivalik Class), with improved stealth features, advanced weapons and sensors and platform management systems.
  • The newly christened Mahendragiri is a technologically advanced warship and stands as a symbol of India’s determination to embrace its rich naval heritage, while propelling itself towards a future of indigenous defence capabilities.

The Project 17A program

  • Under the Project 17A program, a total of four ships by M/s MDL and three ships by M/s GRSE are under construction.
  • The first six ships of the project have been launched so far by MDL & GRSE, between 2019-2023.
  • Project 17A ships have been designed in-house by Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau, the pioneer organisation for all warship design activities.
  • Aligning with the country’s resolute commitment to ‘Aatma Nirbharata’, a substantial 75% of the orders for equipment and systems of Project 17A ships have been ordered on indigenous firms, including Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
  • The launch of Mahendragiri is an apt testament to the incredible progress our Nation has made in building a self-reliant naval force.

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