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  • 14 September, 2022

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Project 17A and INS Taragiri

Project 17A and INS Taragiri

The third stealth frigate of Project 17A, Taragiri, was recently launched by the Ministry of Defence-affiliated Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL).

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Project 17A

  • The Indian Navy initiated Project 17 Alpha frigates (P-17A) in 2019 to build a number of stealth guided-missile frigates.
  • Two businesses, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, are currently building these (GRSE).
  • These guided-missile frigates were built using a special stealth design that has radar-absorbent coatings and is low-observable, making it possible for them to approach without being seen by adversaries.
  • The ship's infrared emissions are likewise diminished by the new technology.
  • The Nilgiri was launched in 2019 and was the first stealth ship under Project 17A.
  • The second ship, named Udaygiri, was launched in May 2022 and is anticipated to be put into service in 2024.
  • Additionally, seven P17A Frigates are in various stages of construction at MDL and GRSE at the moment.


  • It offers extra advantages including economic growth and job creation for Indian Shipyards, their subcontractors, and the supporting sector.
  • Approximately 75% of Project 17A's orders have gone to domestic companies, including MSMEs, supporting the nation's effort to achieve Atma Nirbhar Bharat.
  • The nation has advanced to a higher pedestal in the field of shipbuilding due to its domestic production of complicated frontline vessels like Stealth Frigates.

What are Taragiri's Standout Features?

  • The hill range in the Himalayas known as Taragiri is in the Garhwal region.
  • Utilizing an integrated building approach, the ship's hull blocks were built in several places across the world.
  • Modern sensors, advanced action information systems, integrated platform management systems, world-class modular living quarters, an innovative power distribution system, and a host of other cutting-edge features will be included in the ship.
  • A supersonic surface-to-surface missile system will be installed on it.
  • The vertical launch and long-range surface-to-air missile system will be the focal point of the ship's air defence system, which will be used to defend against the danger of hostile aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles.

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