NEW DELHI, INDIA: Two indigenous frontline warships built by the Indian Navy will be unveiled today at the Mazagon Docks in Mumbai in the presence of Union defence minister Rajnath Singh, bolstering India’s already strong marine arsenal.
The frontline warships, dubbed “Surat” (Project 15B Destroyer) and “Udaygiri” (Project 17A Frigate), are “next generation stealth guided missile destroyers,” according to the defence ministry.
The Directorate of Naval Design (DND), which has been the fountainhead for all warship design operations of the nation, created both the 15B and P17A ships in-house, according to the statement.
The ministry noted that indigenous businesses, including micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), received over 75% of the orders for equipment and systems for the battleships, a “real evidence to Atmanirbhar Bharat.”
The destroyer ship ‘Surat’ is part of Project 15B and is one of India’s biggest destroyers. The ship, named after Western India’s second-largest economic hub, was built utilising block construction, which entails the hull being manufactured in two distinct geographical sites before being completed at Mazagon Docks Limited.
The third ship of Project 17A Frigates is the ‘Udaygiri’ (Frigate), named after the Andhra Pradesh mountain ranges. Advanced weaponry, sensors, and platform management systems are included. This battleship is the “reincarnation” of a previous version of Udaygiri, which served for three decades, from 18 February 1976 to 24 August 2007, and saw various hard missions.
According to the defence ministry, more than 50 ships and submarines are currently under construction, with the Indian Navy having roughly 150 ships and submarines. In December 2021, Indian Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar claimed on ‘Atmanirbharta’ that India constructed all 28 ships and submarines commissioned into the Navy in the previous seven years. He also stated that 37 of the 39 navy vessels and ships now under construction are being built in Indian shipyards.