posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 07:51 PM
They are hardly wooden beams...
The ship isn't completed yet. IN follows the RN tradition of christening ships when the hulls can be launched.
The INS Shivalik is the nameship of the of the Project-17 class (Shivalik class.) The P-17s are basically an indigenized and enlarged version of the
Talwar (modified Krivak III class) guided missile destroyer.
There are structural changes compared to the Talwars (modified superstructure, antenna array, etc), which along with the incorporation of far more
composite materials,and both active and passive radar/IR cancelling technologies, will significantly reduce its radar signature. The P-17 will also
have two helicopters (vs. 1 on the Talwar) -- most likely naval variants of the HAL Dhruvs,-- more powerful and quieter engines, and a rather eclectic
(and powerful) mix of Indian, Russian, Israeli and Italian radars and a larger weapons load as well.
P-17 speculative drawing:
It carries the Kashtan CIWS, the Kashmir SAM (upgraded Shtil) and also/instead the next-generation Barak-II SAM system being developed by Israel and
India. It will also carry the BrahMos ASCM and have the capability to carry the Klub-N.
Basically, what we're with the rapid expansion the IN is not only a growing numerical force, but newer ships that carry quite a punch themselves, as
well as older (but still new) ships being retrofitted with extremely advanced, yet affordable weaponry as soon as the technologies swiftly become
developed. Retrofitting the IN fleet to carry the BrahMos itself will literally expand its already formidable capabilities several fold.
[edit on 1-2-2005 by rajkhalsa2004]