Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd has revealed final design aspect of stealth frigates to be developed under the Navy’s Project 17A. Project 17A is a follow-on of the Project 17 Shivalik-class frigates which already are in service with the Indian Navy.

Under Project 17A frigates GRSE will construct three 6,700-tonne stealth frigates worth Rs 20,000 crore which will incorporate latest stealth features with improved weapon platform.

Italian Shipyard Fincantieri is providing technical advice on Project 17A to both GRSE and Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). MDL in Mumbai will construct other four of Project 17A frigates in their shipyard.

The keel for the first lead class ship of this class will be laid by late 2017 and the construction reportedly will start in 2018 and the first ship is likely to be delivered by 2023 for Sea Trials. Both shipyards will be using modular integrated construction to reduce construction time and improve productivity.

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