The Indian Ministry of Defence has announced the start of construction on the Indian Navy’s third ship (Yard- 12653) under the P17A-class stealth frigates.

A keel was laid by Indian Navy COM & CWP&A vice-admiral S R Sarma and additional secretary V L Kantha Rao.

Indian firms Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) are responsible for the construction of the P17A ships.

MDL is building four P17A ships for the navy, while GRSE is constructing three.

The frigates are being constructed with indigenously developed steel and will be equipped with weapons and sensors, as well as an Integrated Platform Management System.

In February last year, GE Marine received a contract to supply gas turbine auxiliary equipment for the LM2500 engines integrated into the new P17A stealth frigates.

The Ministry of Defence said in a statement: “Construction of P17A ships differ in the very concept of warship building by way of adoption of the modern technology ‘Integrated Construction (IC)’, where the blocks are pre-outfitted before joining to reduce the build period of warships.

“When commissioned the platforms will enhance the combat capability of the Indian Naval fleet.”

In May, GRSE received a contract worth Rs63.11bn ($901.46m) to construct eight anti-submarine warfare shallow water crafts (ASWSWCs) for the Indian Navy.

The contract was awarded by India’s Ministry of Defence and comes five years after the navy issued a request for proposal to defence public sector and private sector firms.