Source: The post is based on the article “Union Minister launches Y- 3023 Dunagiri, Project 17A frigate at GRSE Ltd, Kolkata” published in PIB on 15th July 2022
What is the News?
The Defence Minister has launched Y- 3023 Dunagiri.
What is Y- 3023 Dunagiri?
Y- 3023 Dunagiri is the fourth warship of Project 17A.
Built by: Garden Reach Shipbuilders Limited (GRSE) for Indian Navy
Named After: The ship is named after an earlier frigate. The former one was a Leander class ASW frigate which was decommissioned in 2010.
Features: The ships are designed with extensive use of low-observability technologies, including the use of composite materials and radar-absorbing coatings.These materials assist the vessel in maintaining a low radar cross-section(RCS).
– Further, the vessel’s physical profile also aids in stealth. It has an enclosed mooring deck, flush deck-mounted weapon systems and a reduced number of antennae.
– The ship has a discreet physical build and visual profile along with an improved roll stabilization. This enables it to voyage into enemy territory in a trice during maritime conflicts.
What is Project 17A?
Project 17A frigates were christened after the former-Nilgiri-class frigates which served in the Indian Navy between 1972 and 2013.
The first six ships of the series were allotted the names utilized by the older class — Nilgiri, Himgiri, Taragiri, Udaygiri, Dunagiri, and Vindhyagiri.
INS Nilgiri and INS Himgiri — were launched in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The third ship — INS Udaygiri — was launched in May 2022.