The Shivalik class frigates' or Project 17 class frigates are multi-role frigates with stealth features being built for the Indian Navy. They are the first warships being built in India with such features. The lead vessel of the class was commissioned on April 29, 2010.
The Shivalik class will be the main frigates of the Indian Navy in the first half of the 21st century., Sainik Samachar, Ministry of Defence , 15 March 2004. Adm. Madhvendra Singh, Chief of Naval Staff: "These would be the future ships of the Indian Navy and will be of the Shivalik class". 2 ships of the class are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited. A total of 10 further ships are planned to be built in several batches.
The class and the lead vessel have been named for the Shivalik hills. Subsequent vessels in the class are also named for hill-ranges in India.
The Indian Navy conceived Project 17 for design of stealthy frigates to be designed and built in India., Ministry of Defence . Three ships were approved by the government in 1997, followed by a Letter of Intent (LoI) to the ship's builders, Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in February 1998.
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