New Delhi: An Indian warship, INS kochi pierced the waters of the South China Sea at a brisk 25 knots.Invisible to everyone but she presents. Her untrained eye, grey paint scheme ensured that she was the queen of the sea which blended around her. Her structure makes foolish the opponent enemy to track. After wall she was a bold stealth warship.
INS Kochi, a destroyer built in India over a decade and through challenge to the Stealth ship of China, the Changsha. The China warship also performed as a super ship carrying a world class load of surface to air and anti-ship missiles. Now days, the Kochi and two ships of the Indian Navy including the Shivalik and the fleet tanker INS Shakti had been repeatedly challenged. Unlike the Kochi and the Shivalik, the Shakti was not armed but her role in this mission was essential – she would refuel the Indian task force through the course of their journey.
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“You have entered Chinese waters,” said the radio transmission broadcast on an international maritime alert frequency. “Please change course. You are now in Chinese waters. Alter course now or you will be challenged.”Indian fleet Commander, an Admiral on board the INS Kochi, the Indian Navy had replied, politely “We are operating in international waters enroute to Japan for joint exercises It is our intention to remain on course.”But the Indian task force commander knew that he was being monitored.
INS kochi carried some extra ordinary weapons to target the enemy’s eye like 15 of his most skilled weapons and sensor experts manned their stations in the Operations Centre of the 7,500-ton destroyer.The Kochi was at battle-stations using radars and sonars to search for hostile contacts – enemy aircraft, missiles or submarines. Spread across 17 metres, the width of the entire warship, the Ops Centre was the nerve centre of the Kochi, a rectangular, windowless, black room dimly lit by blue lights that added to the illumination of more than a dozen color multi-function displays.
The Electronic Warfare (EW) suite Equipped with an Indian EW suite called the Ellora, the Kochi’s sensors mounted on her mast behind both sides of her Bridge had two primary functions – Electronic Support Missions (ESM) to try and detect faint radar emissions from ships in the area and Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) used to jam the signals of enemy aircraft, incoming anti shipping and cruise missiles if they were detected.
Next to the ECM crew 16 anti-ship Brahmos missiles, among the fastest and most lethal weapons in its class – a missile designed to fly at close to three times the speed of sound to penetrate the defenses of enemy warships 300 kilometers away.Kochi had 32 missiles on board, missiles designed to deal with exactly this threat. Kochi would still keep fighting with Two of four Russian-designed AK-630 anti-missile guns on board collectively spew out 10,000 rounds per minute, creating a wall of lead between the Eagle Strike and the Kochi.
The incoming missiles, it was hoped, would be obliterated as they tried to pierce this wall. And even as the missiles approached, there were other defensive systems on board the Kochi. This was now a naval war. A front line Indian asset had been attacked in international waters. The Indian fleet was bound to respond and that process had already begun. We hope to see again its strength in Japan.
As Kochi defended herself, critical targeting data was being constantly shared between Kochi and the Shivalik, the frigate accompanying her. According to the Captain, “It’s a wonderful experience. For us as a commissioning crew, it’s a great opportunity to take charge of a warship. We are very proud of the ship for two reasons. For one, the ship is a very potent and powerful platform and secondly, this ship is an outstanding example of our indigenous ship-building capability.”
pic and source courtesy: NDTV