Photo by Shiv Aroor / INS Shivalik at Naval Dockyard Mumbai
Project-17(A) Frigates To Have Indian Weapon Fit, 127-mm Main Gun
The seven follow-on Project 17 (Alpha) stealth frigates to be built in India will have a significant Indian weapons fit. The Project 17 stealth frigate INS Shivalik that was commissioned into the Indian Navy yesterday is equipped with the Russian Shtil and Klub and Israeli Barak missile system. According to Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL) chairman Vice Admiral (Retd) HS Malhi, the follow on Alpha series will carry the BrahMos anti-ship and land attack supersonic cruise missile in vertical configuration and the Barak-8 long-range surface to air missile (LR-SAM). MDL will build four of the P17(A) frigates, while the Garden Reach Shipbuilders (GRSE) will build the other three in Kolkata. The class feature frigates that will be longer and broader than the Shivalik-class. And instead of the Italian Otobreda 76-mm super rapid gun mount (SRGM), the P17(A) warships will have a 127-mm main gun, most likely the Otobreda 127/64 light weight gun.