(From Press Trust of India)
India’s naval warship INS Kochi was commissioned by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai Wednesday.
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, and constructed by Mazagon Dock Ship Builders Ltd., 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.
The ship incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping and maneuverability.
With a displacement of 7,500 tonnes, the ship spanning 164 meters in length and 17 meters 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 the 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, a defense spokesperson said.
INS Kochi is packed with an array of state-of-the-art weapons and sensors.
The ship 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.