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Stealth frigate Satpura commissioned
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 8/21/2011 12:00:00 AM

Mumbai: The indigenously designed and built war ship INS Satpura which was commissioned on Saturday by the Navy Chief Nirmal Verma will add more striking and lethal capability. A stealth frigate Satpura of the Shivalik class is a multi-role combat ship which can surprise the enemy at will. This ship is built under  the ambitious P-17 project of the Indian Navy. The Project 17 under which the three stealth vessels are built, has cost over Rs.8,100 crore.

The third of the series INS Sahyadri is likely to be commissioned at

Admiral Nirmal Verma (Centre) on board INS Satpura

the end of this year or beginning of the next year. Built at Mazgon Dock Ltd. at Mumbai, INS Satpura is 142.5 meter long with a lethal mix of surface-to-air, surface-to-surface missiles. With state of the art detection radars and sensor with IR capabilities, this stealth frigate can not only hoodwink the enemy but also can inflict heavy damage to its adversary.

Indian navy has some 140 ships in its fleet and after inducting the Talwar class Russian built three stealth frigates, the Shivalik class frigates will add more power and punch to naval capabilities of the India Navy.

Indian Navy that currently has a fleet of 130 vessels, including an aircraft carrier, 20 landing ships, eight destroyers, 12 frigates and 16 attack submarines.

India is among very few countries in the world having the capability of building stealth warships. The other countries with this capability are the US, Britain, Russia, France, China, Japan and Italy.

INS Satpura with versatile control systems and radar cross-section reduction features and missile capabilities will considerably augment the Indian Navy's lethal punch.

The ship has the capability to outsmart the enemy with its low radar cross-section, less heat radiation and diminished noise vibrations. This makes the detection of the ship more difficult and that ultimately gives it more time to react in case of a strike.

However, it does not mean the 6,200-tonne sailing machine would be invisible in the sea. But its features enable it to hit before being hit.

This warship is equipped with Israeli Barak surface-to-air missile and Russian Klub cruise missile systems, torpedoes, anti-submarine missile and two helicopters.

Navy chief Verma called it a "red letter day for the Indian armed forces."

The stealth frigate was to be inaugurated by Defence Minister A.K. Antony but he cancelled his trip to Mumbai at the last minute after being indisposed. 

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