How Capable Is Indian Navy's 'INS Vindhyagiri' Frigate That President Droupadi Murmu Launched Today In Kolkata

President Droupadi Murmu launched the Indian Navy's frigate INS Vindhyagiri from the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) facility in Kolkata. The newly launched frigate, INS Vindhyagiri, is the sixth stealth frigate constructed under Project-17 Alpha.

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Stealth frigate Vindhyagiri is the sixth vessel rolled out as part of the Project 17A Frigate.  The five other ships – INS Nilgiri, Udaygiri, Himgiri, Taragiri, and Dunagiri – were launched between 2019 and 2022. Officials said the ship derives its names from the 'Vindhya' ranges in Karnataka.

According to officials, the P17A ships are guided missile frigates. “They are 149 metres long, with a displacement of approximately 6,670 tonnes and a speed of 28 knots.