The Indian Navy today inducted the indigenously designed and built missile destroyer INS Chennai into its fleet, in a major boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make In India’ initiative.
Built by Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai, INS Chennai with a length of 164 meters and displacement of over 7,500 tonnes, is among the largest destroyers built in India.
The Rs.4,000-crore vessel is armed with supersonic surface to surface ‘BrahMos’ missiles and ‘Barak-8’ long range surface to air missiles and possesses formidable prowess of missile technology.
India Naval Ship (INS) Chennai was commissioned in the presence of defence minister Manohar Parrikar. ”This is a historic day for the Indian Navy,” said Parrikar.
The defence minister also spoke on the unprovoked firing by Pakistan troops on Indian posts, assuring that Indian soldiers are giving retaliating effectively. ”We are not taking initiative to fire upon, unless fired on,” said Parrikar.
Parrikar hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking efforts to maintain good relations with neighbours. Parrikar, however, rued the fact that Pakistan does not help in maintaining friendly ties with India’s neighbours.
INS Chennai is capable of undertaking a variety of tasks and missions across the full spectrum of maritime warfare. Armed with supersonic surface to surface Besides the ‘BrahMos’ missiles and ‘Barak-8’ long range surface to air missiles, the ship possesses undersea warfare capablities.
The vessel boasts of indigenously developed anti-submarine weapons and sensors, prominently the Hull Mounted Sonar ‘HUMSA-NG’, heavyweight torpedo tube launchers and rocket launcher capability.
The ship is fitted with ‘Kavach’ chaff decoy system for defence against enemy missiles, and for defence against enemy torpedoes, it is fitted with ‘Mareech’ torpedo decoy system, both developed indigenously.
INS Chennai is designed to carry and operate up to two multi-role helicopters. The ship is propelled by a powerful Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion plant, consisting of four reversible gas turbines, which enables it to achieve a top speed of over 30 knots (approximately 55 km per hour).
INS Chennai (D65) is the third ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. She was constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) located in Mumbai. INS Chennai is the last of the three ships built under the code name Project 15A.
INS Chennai will be fitted with the supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface missile system. The system enables the ship to engage shore-based and naval surface targets at long range making it a lethal platform for strike against enemy targets. The ship’s air defence capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles, will revolve around the vertical launch, long range surface-to-air missile system, which is being co-developed by DRDO. Four AK-630 rapid-fire guns will provide the ship with close-in-defence capability while an MR gun will enable her to provide effective naval gunfire support. Indigenously developed twin tube torpedo launchers and rocket launchers will add punch to the ship’s anti-submarine capability. Indeed, these ships integrate many new features and involve design changes that ensure a far more advanced weapons platforms compared to the earlier Project 15 ships.