Indian Navy to receive DRDO's electronic warfare suite Shakti

According to information published by the Indian government on November 18, 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will formally hand over electronic warfare suite Shakti to the Indian Navy at a ceremony to be held as part of Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv at Jhansi.
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The Shakti EW system will provide an electronic layer of defence against modern radars and anti-ship missiles to ensure electronic dominance and survivability in the maritime battlefield. This system will replace the earlier generation EW Systems of the Indian Navy.

The system has been integrated with the wideband Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) for the defence of Indian Navy Ships against missile attacks.

The ESM of the system helps in finding accurate direction and interception of modern radars. The system has a built-in radar fingerprinting and data recording replay feature for post-mission analysis.

First Shakti system has been installed on-board INS Visakhapatnam and is being installed on-board Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, INS Vikrant. Twelve Shakti Systems are under production at Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) supported by more than fifty MSMEs at a total cost of Rs 1805 Crores. These systems are scheduled to be installed on-board capital warships under production, including P-15B, P-17A, and Talwar class follow-on ships.

The Nilgiri-class frigates or Project-17 Alpha class frigates, or simply P-17A, is a class of guided-missile frigates being built for the Indian Navy. Designed by the Directorate of Naval Design, the Nilgiri-class was conceived as a complement to the Shivalik-class frigates (P-17), albeit with improved stealth features - such as a low radar cross-section (RCS) and infrared signature reduction.