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New Delhi: The last two Kamorta-class Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) corvettes being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd would be potent platforms that would help the Navy further develop its capabilities in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), said Vice-Admiral Satish Soni, flag officer commanding-in-chief, Eastern Naval Command.

“INS Kadmatt, the second ASW corvette of this class, will be commissioned soon and inducted in the eastern fleet. This is a state-of-the-art ship, on a par with the best in the world. The next two ships, INS Kiltan and INS Kavaratti, will be more advanced. The best part about these ships is that they have over 90% indigenous content. The Navy will take over greater responsibilities in the IOR. Whether it is aid to friendly nations or patrolling their Exclusive Economic Zones, the Navy will continue to play an important role in the region,” Vice-Admiral Soni told TOI.

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Lauding GRSE, the FOC-in-C pointed out how the Kolkata facility will build three advanced stealth frigates under the Navy’s Project 17A. The Navy has ordered seven such frigates. The remaining four will be built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd.
The Kamorta-class corvettes are the first class of warships to be built with high-grade steel developed and made in India. This was a major leap towards indigenization. Till recently, India imported warship-grade steel from Russia. The need to develop high-grade steel for warships rose after a deal with Russia for supply for the indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, fell through. Defence labs came up with a quality of steel better than the imported one. It was then made by SAIL plants and distributed to shipyards, including the one in Kochi where INS Vikrant is being built.

“This same steel was used to build INS Kamorta and the other ships in her class. All four vessels have an X-design hull for lower radar signature. The superstructures of INS Kiltan and Kavaratti are being built with composite material, which will reduce their weights and add to stealth capabilities. This is the first time a shipyard in India is experimenting with composite material, a technology developed in Sweden. The two ships will have more advanced features and modern armaments, making them more potent than the first two vessels,” a senior Navy officer said.

source: Defence News

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