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Missile destroyer INS Mormugao commissioned into the Indian Navy

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    23rd Dec, 2022

Context

INS Mormugao, an indigenously developed missile destroyer has been commissioned into the Indian Navy.

Details:

  • INS Mormugao (Pennant D67) is the second of the Project 15Bstealth-guided missile destroyers.
  • It is built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL).
  • The ship, named after a key port in Goa, was commissioned a day before the Goa Liberation Day celebrations.

What is Project 15B?

  • The contract for four ships of Project 15B was signed in 2011.
  • This Project is follow-on of the Kolkata class (Project 15A) destroyerscommissioned in the last decade.
  • A total of four ships are being developed under this project.
    • Visakhapatnam:The lead ship of the Project - INS Visakhapatnam has already been commissioned into the Indian Navy on 21 Nov 21.
    • Mormugao
    • Imphal
    • Surat
  • The purpose of the Indian Navy’s Project 15B is to develop stealth destroyers having maximized indigenous inputs.
  • They are all designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organized, Warship Design Bureau.
  • They are built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Measuring 163m in length and 17m in breadth with a displacement of 7,400 tonnes.
  • The ship is propelled by four powerful gas turbines.
  • Equipped to fight under nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) warfare.

Total atmospheric control system (TACS): Protection of the crew from chemical, biological, and nuclear threats.

  • State-of-the-art combat management system
  • Max Speed: 30 knots (55 km/h)
  • Maximum range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km)

Weaponry

  • Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles
  • BrahMos surface-to-surface cruise missiles
  • 127 mm main gun
  • four AK-630 30 mm guns
  • 533 mm torpedo launchers
  • RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers.

Strategic significance

  • High speed and manoeuvrability
  • Longer endurance to be part of the escort for larger vessels
  • More than 75% of the content is indigenous.
  • Anti-surface operations.
  • Capable of anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare
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