Indian navy’s ageing fleet and shortage of new warships was a worrying thing for the Indian government. In order to modernize and add firepower the Indian Navy had announced an ambitious plan to add 200 warships to its fleet by 2027 in a move that would more than double the current fleet of 137 ships. Naval officials had also confirmed deals for six new submarines and to add three aircraft carriers to each of the three naval commands.
Mormugao- The most advance class of Project 15-B guided missile destroyers to be built in India was launched in Mumbai on Saturday.
Indian Navy’s guided missile destroyer, Mormugao was launched in Mumbai on Saturday. Mormugao was built by the Mazgaon Shipyard which also plans to outsource work for 10 blocks to include private ship building yard in the program. Mormugao is the second ship of Project 15B and will be one of the most advanced warships of the force. It has been named after the Mormugao port of Goa which is also the home state of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Four such guided missile destroyers will be built at a cost of Rs. 29,700 crore.
Mormugao is touted as one of the best of its class in the world and is heavily loaded with the most advanced stealth technology and weaponry systems. It has been built by government-run Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) and belongs to Visakhapatnam class of ships being constructed under Project 15B. It will have to undergo certain testing procedures, post which it will be called INS Mormugao.
The prestigious destroyer is powered by 4 Ukrainian gas turbine engines to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots- which approximately comes to around 56km per hour. It spans 163 metres in length, with a displacement of 7,300 tonnes. The warship is equipped with surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles and anti-submarine rocket launchers. The Mormugao is also armed with the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which can hit targets at land and at sea 300 km away. The Mormugao will be capable of carrying two anti-submarine warfare helicopters.
The key sensor of the Mormugao will be its Israeli-designed Multi-Function Surveillance Threat Alert Radar (MF-STAR), designed to track targets in the air hundreds of kilometres away. Once a lock-on is achieved, the MF-STAR can direct several Barak 8 Long-Range Surface to Air missiles (LR-SAM) to intercept the targets. The LR-SAM is a joint venture between India and Israel and is considered among the most sophisticated missiles of its class in the world being designed to intercept enemy aircraft and supersonic missiles more than 70 km away.
With a complement of 50 officers and 250 sailors, the Project 15B destroyers are designed to operate 4,000 nautical miles at sea.
(With inputs from ANI)
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