Last Friday, the Navy received Visakhapatnam, the first of four Project-15B state-of-the-art stealth guided-missile destroyers being built at the Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL). The ships will be commissioned very soon, after a three-year delay.
“The 163-meter-long battleship has a maximum speed of 30 knots and a full load displacement of 7,400 tonnes. “The project’s total indigenous content is roughly 75%,” the Navy announced on Sunday.
The contract for the ships’ construction was signed in January 2011 at a total cost of Rs. 29,643.74 crore. The ships are a follow-on to the Kolkata class (Project 15A) destroyers and were designed in-house by the Directorate of Naval Design. The four ships are named after key towns in India’s four corners: Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal, and Surat, according to the Navy.
Visakhapatnam was launched in April 2015 after the keel was laid in October 2013. BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles and long-range Surface-to-Air missiles are installed aboard these ships (SAM).
According to the Navy, the ship is equipped with medium-range SAMs, indigenous torpedo tube launchers, anti-submarine indigenous rocket launchers, and a 76-mm super fast gun mount.
“Despite the COVID obstacles, the destroyer’s induction is a testimony to the joint efforts of a vast number of stakeholders and will improve the Indian Ocean Region’s nautical capabilities.”
The Kolkata class’s hull shape, propulsion engine, various platform equipment, and key weaponry and sensors were all retained in Project 15B’s design to allow for serial manufacturing. These ships, however, have improved stealth characteristics over previous generations, thanks to hull shape and the use of radar transparent deck fittings that make them difficult to detect, as well as considerable advancements in automation and networking.
The Navy formerly said that these ships are powered by four gas turbines in a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) arrangement and have a maximum endurance of 4000 nautical miles at an economical speed of 14 knots.
Source: The Hindu