The launch of INS Vindhyagiri took place at the GRSE facility in Kolkata, India. The warship is part of the Project 17A program, which aims to enhance India’s naval capabilities. President Droupadi Murmu inaugurated the sixth ship of the program, equipped with the latest technology. The INS Vindhyagiri is a tribute to its predecessor, the Leander Class ASW Frigate INS Vindhyagiri, which served from 1981 to 2012. The Project 17A program involves the construction of four ships by Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL) and three ships by GRSE, highlighting India’s commitment to technological advancement in the naval sector.
INS Vindhyagiri, a stealth frigate of the Indian Navy, is equipped with several notable features. INS Vindhyagiri incorporates improved stealth features to minimize its radar cross-section, making it harder to detect by enemy forces. The ship’s design is characterized by ash, black, and red colors, similar to the previous P17A stealth frigates. The frigate is armed with advanced weapon systems, including guided-missile launchers and anti-submarine warfare capabilities. These weapons enhance its offensive and defensive capabilities, enabling it to engage threats effectively.
INS Vindhyagiri is also equipped with state-of-the-art platform management systems. These systems ensure efficient monitoring and control of various ship operations, enhancing overall performance and crew safety. The ship’s name, Vindhyagiri, pays tribute to the Vindhyagiri hills in Karnataka and its predecessor, the “INS Vindhyagiri” Leander Class ASW Frigate. It symbolizes India’s commitment to its naval history and the future of indigenous defense capacities.
INS Vindhyagiri, the latest stealth frigate launched by India, will significantly enhance the strength of the Indian Navy. This development reflects India’s commitment to self-reliance and technological advancement in defense. With the growing threat from China in the Indo-Pacific region, India’s naval expansion, including the deployment of aircraft carriers, warships, submarines, and aircraft, aims to bolster its naval capabilities. INS Vindhyagiri is a testament to India’s commitment to naval heritage and strengthening its defense capabilities.