First destroyer of Project 15B
GS Paper - 3 (Defence Technology)
The Indian Navy has received the first of four stealth guided-missile destroyers being built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) as part of Project 15B. The ship, Y 12704 (Visakhapatnam), is likely to be commissioned in November at an event presided by Prime Minister.
- The ship was constructed using Indigenous Steel DMR 249A and is amongst the largest destroyers built in the country, with an overall length of 164 meters and a displacement of over 7,500 tons.
- Armed with supersonic surface-to-surface ‘Brahmos’ missiles and ‘Barak-8’ long-range surface to air missiles, it is capable of undertaking a variety of tasks and missions, spanning the full spectrum of maritime warfare.
- The destroyer is also fitted with indigenously developed anti-submarine weapons and sensors, prominently the hull-mounted Sonar Humsa NG, heavyweight torpedo tube launchers and rocket launchers.
- The ship can accommodate a crew of 312 persons, has an endurance of 400 Nautical Miles and can carry out a typical 42 days mission with extended mission time.
- The ship has two helicopters onboard to further extend its reach. It is propelled by a powerful Combined Gas and Gas Propulsion plant, consisting of four reversible gas turbines, which enables her to achieve a speed of over 30 knots (approx 55 Kmph).
- The second ship of P15B, Mormugao, was launched on 17 September 2016, and is being readied for harbour trials. The ship will thereafter commence its sea trials.
- The third ship, Imphal, was launched on 20 April 2019, and is at an advanced stage of outfitting.
- The fourth ship is under block erection and will be launched within this current financial year.