Prime Minister Narendra Modi inducted the India’s largest indigenously built warship INS Kolkata in the Navy on Saturday. The Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley were also present in the occassion in Mumbai.
Modi congratulated everyone associated with the project and said, “INS Kolkata is an example of intellect prowess of Indian engineers, technicians and security experts.”
Some quick facts about INS Kolkata:
- The warship was constructed by the Mazagon Dockyards Limited and was designed by Navy’s design bureau
- The base of the warship was laid down in September 2003. Initially it was to be inducted in the Navy in 2010, but due to several project delays it is now finally inducted into the Navy in 2014, three years behind the schedule.
- This development and induction of the 6,800 tonne warship demonstrates India’s technological expertise and is definitely a giant leap forward in the shipbuilding technology in the country.
- INS Kolkata has been inducted in the Kolkata Class destroyers of the Indian Navy, which will also include follow-on ships INS Kochi (second of the class) and INS Chennai (third of the class).
- During the trials, the warship has also suffered a mishap when a Navy officer lost his life during an incident in the fire-fighting equipment of the vessel.
- However, it successfuly test fired a BrahMos missile off Karwar’s coast last month, during the pre-comissioning weapon trials at sea.
- Displacement: 7,500 tonnes
- Overall length: 164 metres
- Width: 18 metres
- Speed: Over 30 knots
- Capacity: 30 officers, 330 sailors
- Main air defence weapon: Israel-built long range surface-to-air missile being developed
- Advanced surface-to-surface missile: BrahMos
- Surveillance radar: first to have multi functional conformal array
- INS Kolkata belongs to the Project 15 Alpha – the destroyer class and is the first of three ships currently under construction
- Project 15-A ships are follow-on ships of the successful Project 15 destroyers which includes INS Delhi, INS Mysore and INS Mumbai, which currently form the frontline combatants of the Indian Navy.
- The best part is even the weapons and sensors on board are of indigenous make. It has the state-of-the-art BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles, twin-tube torpedo launchers, rocket launchers, EWS Ellora, sonar Humsa and AK-630 rapid fire guns
The induction of such a strong warship into the Indian Navy gives a sense of pride to the entire nation, while it gives security to the maritime traders. With Prime Minister Modi’s vision to make India completely self capable in defence equipments, and become and exporter of it instead, we are guided the right way with INS Kolkata.
Earlier than this, INS Vikramaditya was formally comissioned on June 14 this year which was built by Russia.
Upcoming indigenous defence warships in the country:
India is building a 40,000 tonne Indigenous Aircraft Carrier christened INS Vikrant, however it will take three to four years before it gets inducted into the Navy.