GRSE: Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers launched a new Project 17A ship called Himgiri for the Indian Navy. The Indian naval ship was launched into the waters of Hooghly river. It is a Nilgiri-class Stealth Frigate.
The Project 17A
In 2015, Project 17A was approved by the Central Government Under this project, a total of 7 advanced frigates are to be delivered to Indian Navy. 4 of these are to be constructed by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders and 3 are to be launched by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers. The cost of the project was estimated as $7 billion. Project 17A led to creation of employment opportunities for more than 2000 Indian companies and MSMEs.
Project 17A ships are guided missile frigates. Each of these ships are 149 metres long. They have displacement of approximately 6670 tonnes and a speed of 28 knots. The ships being built under the project uses the latest integrated construction methodology. They have reduced build periods and enhanced pre-outfitting to augment quality. Project 17A ships are built using indigenously developed steel. They are integrated with indigenous sonar system and weapons such as BrahMos missile, long-range surface-to-air missile.
Himgiri is the first of the 3 ships built by GRSE (Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers). Project 17A ships are fitted with advanced sensors, indigenous weapons and is equipped with gas turbine propulsion. Earlier Himgiri was commissioned into Indian Navy in the year 1974 and decommissioned in the year 2005. A new ship is now being launched current year, 2020.
In the year 1976, INS Himgiri was the first ship of Indian Navy to shoot a pilotless aircraft.
About Nilgiri-class Frigates
Nilgiri-class Frigates are the updated class of Leander class. Frigate is a type of warship that has different roles over time. Also, frigates are of various sizes. The Nigiri class Frigates of Indian Navy are INS Himgiri, INS Dunagiri, INS Udaygiri, INS Vindhyagiri and INS Taragiri. These ships have been named after the hills in India.
Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd is one of India’s leading shipyards. It is located in West Bengal’s Kolkata. The shipyard builds and repairs the commercial and naval vessels. In 1884, It was founded and it is a privately owned company on the bank of Hooghly River. Himgiri- First Ship of Project 17A