Navy to get second indigenous stealth frigate

July 27th, 2011 - 8:11 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) India will induct the second indigenously designed and built stealth frigate of the Shivalik class Aug 20 when Defence Minister A.K. Antony will formally hand it over to the Indian Navy Mumbai, officers said Wednesday.

Christened INS Satpura, the frigate is being inducted 16 months after INS Shivalik, the first in the three-ship series, in April last year.

Conceived and designed by the Indian Navy’s internal design team as the mainstay frigates for the first half of 21st century, the guided missile warship will weigh 6,200 tonnes.

Propelled by two Pielstick 16 PA6 STC Diesel engines and two LM2500 boost turbines in combined diesel or gas (CODOG) configuration, it can touch speed of 32 knots or 59 km per hour.

The ship will be manned by a crew complement of 35 officers and 222 sailors.

Fitted with an array of different types of radars and sonars, the ship is armed with two AK-630 30 mm guns, 32 Barak surface-to-air missiles, 24 SA-N-12 SAMs, eight Klub cruise missiles, torpedoes.

It will also have an air element on board in the form of two Dhruv or Sea King helicopters.

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