Vice Admiral K B Singh laid the keel of the 1st vessel of Advanced Stealth Frigates P-17A (Yard 3022) to be built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Kolkata  yesterday in the presence of senior officials of GRSE and Indian Navy. Contract for P 17A Stealth Frigates was concluded with MDL Mumbai for 4 ships &  GRSE for 03 ships in Feb 15. These ships are state of the art Guided Missile Frigates being built using the latest Integrated Construction Methodology to reduce ship construction time.

As part of Technology upgradation, Fincantieri, Italy has been appointed as consultant for Technology Upgrade and Capability Enhancement. The first ship is expected to be delivered in 2023.

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited laid the keel of the first ship (yard-12651) of P17A class stealth frigates in December 2017. P17A warships are follow-on warships of the Shivalik class stealth frigates. Seven frigates in this series will be constructed, of which four will be constructed in MDL and three in GRSE with MDL as the lead yard. The P17A class frigates will have enhanced stealth features. These ships are being built using indigenously developed steel and fitted with state-of-the-art weapon and sensor systems along with advanced Integrated Platform Management System.

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