Last week, the Indian Navy launched its latest homegrown-designed Nilgiri-class stealth guided-missile frigate, Taragiri (F-41). The 149-meter-long and 17.8-meter-wide ship is the fifth frigate of Project-17A and the third one built by Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL).

The warship is powered by a combination of two gas turbines and two main diesel engines, with a displacement of up to 2,962 tons and a top speed of more than 28 knots, officials said. Moreover, the frigate will have the capacity to accommodate 226 personnel and two medium-sized rotorcraft such as Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv or Sea King Mk. 42B helicopters.

Due to the national mourning over Queen Elizabeth II’s death, the launching event was limited to a technical launch rather than a grand celebration. Taragiri is expected to be delivered by August 2025 and will be commissioned into the Indian Navy alongside its sister ships.

Indian Navy’s Project-17A

To improve and expand its Navy forces and strengthen its maritime combat and defense capabilities, the Indian Government approved Project-17A in 2015. Under the program, seven advanced frigates were slated to launch with estimated spending of approximately Rs500 billion ($7 billion), of which four will be constructed by MDL and the remaining three ships by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE).

The leadership, INS Nilgiri, was launched on September 28, 2019, and is expected to go through sea trials in the first half of 2024. Named after the names of hill ranges in India, the ships INS Udaygiri (December 2020), INS Himgiri (May 2022), and INS Dunagiri (July 2022) followed, while the keel for the fourth and fifth frigates was laid in June 2022 and March 2021, respectively.