INS Chennai, the third indigenously-designed guided missile destroyer warship was commissioned into Indian Navy’s combat fleet by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the naval dockyard in Mumbai on Monday.
The Kolkata-class warship is the third and last to be built under Project 15A. The first two ships to be manufactured under 15A were INS Kolkata and INS Kochi. Here are 10 interesting features of the massive missile destroyer.
1. INS Chennai is one of the largest destroyers in Indian Navy’s fleet.
It is 164 metres long and weighs over 7,500 tonnes. It sails at a top speed of over 30 knots (around 55 km) per hour.
2. The Kolkata-class destroyer is capable of engaging in anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, land attacks, and air defence. The multi-mission ship is highly suited for expeditionary and surface strikes.
3. The ship is designed to carry and operate up to two multi-role combat helicopters, which are expected to be a Sea King and an HAL Dhruv.
4. It is armed with supersonic surface-to-surface BrahMos missiles and Barak-8 Long Rang Surface-to-Air missiles.
5. The ship carries indigenously-developed anti-submarine weapons and sensors.
The sensors include the hull-mounted sonar HUMSA-NG, heavyweight torpedo tube launchers, rocket launchers, and towed array sonar capability.
6. INS Chennai is fitted with the chaff decoy system ‘Kavach’ for defence against enemy missiles.
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7. For protection from enemy torpedoes, the ship has been equipped with the torpedo decoy system ‘Mareech’. Both ‘Kavach’ and ‘Mareech’ have been developed in India.
8. Nearly 60% of the ship has been built at Mazagon Dock in Mumbai. The weapons and sensors were brought from Israel and Russia.
9. The ship is also equipped with Heavyweight Torpedo Tube Launchers, Rocket Launchers and Towed Arrau sonar capability.
10. INS Chennai includes a communication mechanism using which all the crew can be kept in loop with the integration system during an emergency.
According to a report in The Times of India, Indian Navy plans to become a 200-warship force with around 600 aircraft and helicopters by 2027. Having been placed under the operational and administrative control of the Western Naval Command, INS Chennai will undergo some additional sea trials before being assigned to the Western Fleet.