The Indian Navy has ordered MAN medium diesel engines for its Project 17A stealth frigates.
The Indian Navy has ordered seven of the 149 m guided missile frigates, each equipped with two MAN 12V28/33D STC engines. Construction of the first ship is expected to start by early 2017 with handover to the Indian Navy by 2023. Four of the ships will be built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. in Mumbai, and three at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata, Marinelog reported Tuesday.
MAN Diesel & Turbo will deliver engines and auxiliaries, commissioning, documentation, training and spare parts.
The 28/33D STC delivers cutting-edge technology. Featuring robust and reliable engineering it has long overhaul intervals and a maintenance-friendly design that makes it possible to carry out all maintenance work up to major overhaul without removing the engine from the vessel — extending the operational window of the vessel and reducing maintenance efforts to a minimum, Man said in a statement.
The 28/33D STC also offers a competitive specific fuel oil consumption.
"It also represents a breakthrough in India for the MAN 28/33D STC. The vessels will be built with new modular construction technique to reduce construction time. A significant share of the scope of supply will be sourced locally and the majority of the engines will be assembled and tested at MAN factory works in Aurangabad, India," said Lex Nijsen – Head of Four-Stroke Marine – MAN Diesel & Turbo.