New Delhi: Adding another lethal weapons platform in its arsenal the Indian Navy is all set to induct a near invisible stealth destroyer next week. Indian Naval Ship Kochi will be commissioned on September 30 by minister of defence Manohar Parrikar at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. The ship’s commissioning has got delayed by at least three years.
NS Kochi is second in the series of Kolkata class vessels. In August last year, INS Kolkata was commissioned by prime minister Narendra Modi. The next would be INS Chennai, which is under production. Production of these three stealth destroyers were approved one and a half decades ago, that is May 2000 under Project 15A with Mazgon Dock Limited.
This warship was launched in September 2009 at the Mazgon Dock Limited with a schedule to join the Navy in 2012.
The 163-metre long ship is propelled by four gas turbines and designed to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. This indigenously designed ship will have state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, stealth features, an advanced action information system, a comprehensive auxiliary control system, world class modular living spaces, sophisticated power distribution system and a host of other advanced features.
It will also be fitted with the indigenous supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface missile system. The ship’s air defence capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missile revolves around the vertical launch, long-range surface to air missile system which was being co-developed by DRDO.
Indigenously developed twin tube launchers and anti-submarine rocket launchers will add punch to the ship’s anti-submarine capability.
Source: Defence News