The first indian-built frigate, the 2,900-ton "Nilgiri", completed rigorous acceptance trails off Bombay on Friday (May 27) before being handed over to the Indian Navy in early june.
AERIAL VIEWS of frigate "Nilgiri" at sea (3 shots)
SV Crew on after deck and wake
LV & CU Super-structure and radar antennae (4 shots)
SV & CU Seacat missile launcher (2 shots)
TV & CU Mortar guns demonstrated (three-barrelled anti-submarine)(2 shots)
LV Bow from helicopters hangar
SV Two 4.5 twin-barrelled gun
Aerial view "Nilgiri" at sea
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Background: The first indian-built frigate, the 2,900-ton "Nilgiri", completed rigorous acceptance trails off Bombay on Friday (May 27) before being handed over to the Indian Navy in early june.
The warship -- the largest to be built in India and described as a major step towards India's self-reliance in defence -- is the first of a series of six frigates being built to British lander class specification. All of them expected to be in service by 1978.
The "Nilgiri" is named after an Indian mountain range and is due to be commissioned formally by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the Bombay Naval Dockyard on Saturday, June 3.
Designed to intercept and destroy virtually anything within her long-range radar horizon in the air and on or below the surface, sophisticated electronic equipment.
Her armament includes two 4.5 inch guns and 40mm Oerliken guns, a three-barrelled anti-submarine mortar and a "Seacat" surface-to-air anti-aircraft guided missile launcher.
The "Nilgiri", powered by two sets of steam turbines, has a speed of more than 30 knots (34.54mph) and is also equipped with an helicopter armed with homing torpedoes, a jamming device and a sophisticated sonar detection system.