New Delhi: The Indian Navy's first indigenously-built 'Shivalik' class stealth frigate will be inducted in April, according to official sources. A multi-role stealth frigate, INS Shivalik, has been built at Mumbai's Mazagaon Docks Ltd under the Project 17 advanced frigate construction programme.
Two more such vessels, INS Satpura and INS Sahyadri are under advanced stages of construction.
|Launch of INS Satpura|
"The first of the frigates will be inducted in April. The ship has been provided with structural, thermal and acoustic stealth features to augment its potent capability," officials said.
The 'Shivalik' class ships are equipped with state-of-the-art defences against nuclear, biological and chemical attacks.
"The Atmospheric Control System filters and controls the temperature and humidity of the air coming into the ship at all times, including the air being used by the engines. It removes any radioactive, chemical or biological impurities, thereby protecting the crew and the systems even during a nuclear, biological or chemical attack," the official said.
Products of the Indian Navy design bureau, the ships will also have indigenous sensors and weapons systems.