- November 1, 2021
- Posted by: admin1
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject – Defence and Security
Context – Navy takes delivery of warship
- The first ship of the four Project-15B state-of-the-art stealth guided missile destroyers, Visakhapatnam, being built at the Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL), was delivered to the Navy.
- Delayed by three years, the ships will be commissioned very soon.
- The 163-metre-long warship has a full load displacement of 7,400 tonnes and a maximum speed of 30 knots.
- The overall indigenous content of the project is approximately 75%.
- The design of the ships has been developed in-house by the Directorate of Naval Design and are a follow-on of the Kolkata class (Project 15A) destroyers.
- The four ships are named after major cities from all four corners of the country — Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal and Surat.
- The keel of Visakhapatnam was laid in October 2013 and the ship was launched in April 2015.
- These ships are equipped with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles and long-range Surface-to-air missiles (SAM). The ship has several indigenous weapons systems like medium range SAMs, indigenous torpedo tube launchers, antisubmarine indigenous rocket launchers and 76-mm super rapid gun mount,
- These ships are propelled by four gas turbines in Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) configuration and have maximum endurance of 4000 nm at economical speed of 14 knots.