Indigenously built stealth warship ‘INS Sahyadri’ was commissioned on 22JUL12 in the Indian Navy, adding firepower to its anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
The frigate, last in the series of stealth warships after ‘INS Shivalik’ and ‘INS Satpura’, was commissioned by Defence Minister A K Antony at the Naval dockyard in Mumbai in presence of Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and senior Naval officials.
INS Sahyadri is the last warship of ‘Project-17’ undertaken by the Navy.
The first two in the class—INS Shivalik and INS Satpura – were commissioned in April 2010 and August 2011, respectively and are currently on patrol undertaking anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
The 4,900-tonne INS Sahyadri is equipped with some of the most advance surface and air-to-air missiles and can carry two helicopters – a mix of Dhruv, Sea King or Kamov – onboard for various missions.
The frigate will also carry BrahMos anti-ship cruise missiles. Designed and built by Mazagaon Dockyard Ltd in Mumbai, the keel of INS Sahyadri was laid in March 2003 and it was taken out for sea trials earlier this year.
The warship will sail with a complement of over 250 officials, including 35 officers, and can attain a speed of over 30 knots. It has an advance sonar and radar system to keep an eye over any enemy movement in deep sea.
The Shivalik class frigates are 142-metre long, 17-metre wide warships that run on two Pielstick 16 PA6 STC diesel engines and two GE LM2500+ boost turbines in combined diesel or gas (CODOG) configuration. The Shivalik class frigates are mounted with an MR-760 Fregat M2EM 3-D air search radar, HUMSA (hull-mounted sonar array), four MR-90 Orekh radar, an ELTA EL/M 2238 surveillance and theatre alert radar, two ELTA EL/M 2221 search-track-and-guidance radar, ATAS-Thales Sintra towed array systems, BEL Aparna fire control radar and BEL Ajanta electronic warfare suite to counter an enemy attack.