Naval warship INS Kochi, the stealth guided missile destroyer, has been commissioned to join the Indian Navy. The warship was commissioned by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.
INS Kochi is packed with an array of state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, with a significant indigenous component. It is one of the few warships in the world and the second in the Indian Navy to have Multi-Function Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar to provide target data to Long Range Surface to Air Missile system.
INS Kochi has been designed by the Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design, and constructed by Mazagon Dock Ship builders Ltd in Mumbai, the ship is christened after the vibrant port city of Kochi.
“The navy has chalked out an indigenisation plan for the next 15 years. There is renewed enthusiasm in the defence production units, PSUs and private sector,” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters on board the warship.
“We will develop a real blue-water navy which will dominate the Indian Ocean region… We still lack in fire power,” added Parrikar.
INS Kochi is the second ship of the Kolkata-class (Project 15A) Guided Missile Destroyers. The contract for three ships of Kolkata class was signed as a follow-on of the legendary Delhi-class Destroyers, which were commissioned into the Navy more than a decade ago, a defence spokesperson said.
Although conceived as follow-on of the earlier Delhi class, this ship is very superior in weapons and sensors. The ship incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping and manoeuvrability.
This majestic ship spans 164 metres in length and 17 metres at the beam, is propelled by four gas turbines and designed to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. It has a displacement of 7,500 tons.
The ship has a complement of about 40 officers and 350 sailors. The accommodation and living spaces have been designed with special emphasis on ergonomics and habitability.
Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through 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 naval spokesperson said.
The ship has many lethal weapons which include the successful vertically launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore and sea-based targets.
The ship can be classified as a ‘Network of Networks’ as it is equipped with Ship Data Network (SDN), Combat Management System (CMS), Automatic Power Management System (APMS) and Auxiliary Control System (ACS).
(With inputs from PTI)