Wednesday, July 27, 2011

FIRST PHOTOS: Satpura, 2nd P17 Stealth Frigate Enters Service Next Month

Satpura, India's second Second Shivalik class Indigenous Stealth Frigate. Conceived and designed by the Indian Naval Design team to be the mainstay frigates of Indian Navy for the first half of 21 century. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned on 20 Aug 2011.

See photos of commissioning of F47, INS Shivalik last year.

Photos Courtesy Indian Navy

18 comments:

Shubham said...

Great news Shiv! May the Indian defence forces more get strong teeth and muscle like this to deal with the unque challenges of 21st century warfare.

Shubham said...

and btw, this new template/color scheme looks much more cool!sign of more cool news to follow on this blog shortly :)

Anonymous said...

Finishing is not at all good just compare it with La Fayette class.

aniket said...

Good pics !! But colour scheme is not appealling...

godanov said...

I get tired of journos who should know better repeating in whole cloth the Indian Navy's lie, about this being a stealth ship. Every article says 'stealth frigate' as if it were religious mantra. It is NOT. I is barely reduced radar cross-section. It is about as stealthy as the lying from Eurofighter and Dassealt about their products. I do not hear anyone calling the Burks 'stealth destroyers'.

Akash.. said...

Hull fabrication looks so bad in comparison to Ins Shivalik (f47). it was much smoother overall & nicely carved in front portion. Disappointingly this is looking disaster... who ever worked on its fabrication must be punished....

Anonymous said...

Great news buddy. Keep us posted :)

Anonymous said...

while visual stealth is not in the same class as western efforts, I can see a huge improvement. The follow-on classes should be a lot better. The welds seem to have improved a lot.

Sudip said...

Stealth means lower radar cross section, use of radar wave absorbing material. It seems everyone is interpreting the term stealth in their own ways.
Apart from India USA , USSR and Sweden have successfully designed and commissioned stealth warships. The detractors are requested to acknowledge India's indigineous ship building capability and not to make comments by looking at photographs , have patience till the ship is formally launched, compare with warships in the South East Asia region .

Anonymous said...

i am so happy sir ...... at last this is on track ....its looking awesome a punch to Indian navy

Anonymous said...

its nice sir to see INS SATPURA btw what happen to its color may be on the day of commissioning it look nicer than INS SHIVALIK great work cheers

Looping said...

@godanov
Hey!!!
Dassault don't use the word stealth. They prefer "discret" which mean "low-observable" not stealth. (LOL)

So you cas say it is a "discret" ship. ^ ^

Mr. Ra said...

As I understand the Brahmos are not in the armament list of this ship. Are Brahmos so big.

Congrats to all concerned.

Anonymous said...

How good is Satpura against a Chinese submarine?

Anonymous said...

@Looping Same argument can be applied on 'stealth' planes as in that case too stealth means 'low observable'.
Or were you thinking that F-22 is invisible?

Anonymous said...

The P17 is an enlarged and modified version of the Talwar {Krivak III} Class frigates. It was jointly designed by the Naval Design Bureau (NDB) and Russia's Severnoye Project Design Bureau (Severnoye Proyektno-Konstruktorskoye Bjuro - SPKB). SPKB's design influence can be observed in the Delhi Class destroyers and Khukri / Kora Class corvettes. France's DCN International (DCNI) has been involved in this project as a consultant undertaking signature management studies.

KVR said...

The Navy seems to be knowing what it is doing . Can they pass this on to DRDO, HAL,NAL, etc etc etc ?

Gautam said...

The P17 is sadly a dated design by today's standards. It's radars and avionics(Fregat, Ajanta EW suite) are of 80s vintage, its stealth features(no composite superstructure or modular masts) are 90s level and its propulsion system is highly ineffiecient(2 diesels + 2 gas turbine engines when similar Western frigates can make do with 2 diesels + 1 turbine in an electric propulsion system). And so on...

I believe the best approach to follow for the future would be to do what Australia did: Assign a reputed Western shipbuilder to come up with a cutting-edge design and build a batch of three frigates in EVERY MAJOR SHIPYARD in India including private ones like L & T, Pipavav and Bharti.

That way even if delivery is delayed we'll end up with a sufficeint number of modern vessels in the end.