Mumbai: Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) commenced production of Y-12654, fourth stealth frigate of Project 17A series on 22 Jan 20. VAdm SR Sarma, Controller of Warship Production & Acquisition, in presence of VAdm Narayan Prasad, Chairman & Managing Director, MDL and other Senior Officials from MDL & Navy inaugurated the production activities of the fourth frigate of P17A at the shipyard.
The first ship of P17A, Nilgiri was launched by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on September 28, 2019. The other two ships in the series are at various stages of production.
The P17A class frigates are built using indigenously developed steel, have enhanced stealth features and are fitted with a state-of-the-art weapon and sensor systems along with advanced Integrated Platform Management System. P17A frigates are built using Integrated Construction (IC) methodology to reduce the build period of warships.
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) was incorporated under the Indian Companies Act-1913 and was taken over by the government 1960. The current objectives of the company are to build state-of-art warships and submarines for the Indian Navy, focus on diversification into activities of Ship repair and export to international markets, expansion and augmentation of infrastructures to build next-generation warships and to sustain the technological leadership in defence shipyards and also to enhance indigenization process in line with Make in India policy. It is a Miniratna CPSE with the administrative jurisdiction of Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence.