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INS Kochi: Latest Stealth Warship Commissioned
Oct 06, 2015

Naval warship INS Kochi was commissioned recently at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Although conceived as follow-on of the earlier Delhi class, the ship is vastly superior and has major advancements in weapons and sensors.

Key Features

  • INS Kochi is the second ship of the Kolkata-class (Project 15A) Guided Missile Destroyers.

  • The warship is designed by the Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design.

  • It is constructed by Mazagon Dock Ship builders Ltd. in Mumbai.

  • The ship incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, seakeeping and manoeuvrability.

  • With a displacement of 7,500 tonnes, the ship spanning 164 metres in length and 17 metres at the beam, is propelled by four gas turbines and designed to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.

  • Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar-transparent deck fittings.

  • A bow mounted sonar dome, the second of its kind in an indigenous naval platform, has been introduced to enhance sonar acoustic performance.

  • INS Kochi includes a vertical launch missile system for long distance engagement of shore and sea-based targets.

  • The ship is the second in the Indian Navy to have Multi-Function Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF-STAR) to provide target data to Long Range Surface to Air Missile system (LR-SAM).

  • The MF-STAR and LR-SAM systems were jointly developed by DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.

  • To protect against incoming air borne and surface threats, at medium and close in range, the ship has 76 mm and 30 mm gun mounts.

  • The ship can be classified as a ‘Network of Networks’ as it is equipped with Ship Data Network (SDN), Combat Management System (CMS), Automatic Power Management System (APMS) and Auxiliary Control System (ACS).

Destroyers are second only to aircraft carriers in projecting raw combat power on the high seas. Induction of the 7,500-tonne INS Kochi, the second of the three Kolkata-class destroyers being built at Mazagaon Docks (MDL) at Mumbai for over Rs 4,000 crore apiece, will make it the 10th destroyer in India's combat fleet.

The first of this class, INS Kolkata, was commissioned in August last year, while the third INS Chennai will be inducted towards end-2016. There is also the even bigger ongoing Rs 29,644-crore project to build another four stealth destroyers at MDL, with the first INS Visakhapatnam slated for delivery in 2018-2019.

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