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Indian Navy's second indigenous stealth frigate commissioned

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Aug 20, IRNA -- Indian Navy's second indigenous stealth frigate, INS Satpura, was commissioned at Mumbai today.

Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma commissioned the warship, which he said would boost the Navy's operational capability.

INS Satpura built by the state-owned Mazagon Dockyards Limited, is a 143-metre-long warship with 6,200-tonne displacement. It has versatile control systems with signature management and radar cross-section reduction features.

The lead ship of this category, INS Shivalik, was commissioned into the Navy in April last year, pti reported.

Shivalik class warships can deal with multiple threat environment and are fitted with weapon suite comprising both area and point defence systems. It has sensors for air, surface and sub-surface surveillance, electronic support and counter equipment and decoys for soft kill measures.

Another Shivalik class vessel, INS Sahyadri, is expected to be ready for commissioning by next year.

Defence Minister AK Antony was scheduled to commission the ship but could not attend as he is indisposed, the Navy chief said.

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