One of seven stealth frigates being built by India under Project 17A, the Indian Navy Ship (INS) Dunagiri will be launched into the Hooghly River close to Kolkata on Friday. An extremely significant milestone in the construction of a battleship is the launch. It implies that the ship can float while the rest of the construction is underway, particularly the superstructure.
INS Dunagiri, like the other frigates of Project 17A, is named after a national mountain range. Project 17 was the first to produce frigates, and it resulted in the INS Shivalik in 2010, INS Satpura in 2011, and INS Sahyadri in 2012.
The fourth battleship in Project 17A is called Dunagiri. These extremely sophisticated Project 17 follow-on ships, or 6,600-tons, three-frigate Shivalik-class frigates, are guided missile frigates. Project 17A frigates, on the other hand, have enhanced stealth capabilities, cutting-edge weapons and sensors, and platform management systems.
The six-frigate Leander class of frigates included a frigate with the same name before it was reborn as INS Dunagiri. The INS Nilgiri and INS Himgiri, the first two warships of Project 17A, were launched at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd., respectively, in 2019 and 2020. In May of this year, MDL hosted the launch of the third ship, INS Udaygiri.