INS Visakhapatnam to cut through waters

The first P15-B stealth destroyer to be launched at Mazagon Docks today

Visakhapatnam: The first of P15-B stealth destroyers is scheduled to be launched at Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) on Monday in the conventional end launching method with a launch weight of approximately 3,000 tonnes.This ship is slated to be christened as Visakhapatnam on commissioning to the Indian Navy.  The 163 metres-long ship will be propelled by four gas turbines and is designed to achieve a speed of over 30 nautical miles at a displacement of approximately 7,300 tonnes. 

This indigenously designed stealth destroyer will have state-of-the-art weapons, sensors, an advance action information system, an integrated platform management system, sophisticated power distribution system and a host of other advanced features.It will be fitted with supersonic surface-to-surface missile system which enables the ship to engage shore-based and naval surface targets at long range, making it a lethal platform to strike against enemy targets.  

The ship’s air defence capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles will revolve around the vertical launch and long range surface to air missile system.  Four 30 mm rapid-fire guns will provide the ship with close-in-defence capability while an MR gun will enable her to provide effective naval gunfire support. Indigenously developed twin tube torpedo launchers and rocket launchers will add punch to the ship’s anti-submarine capability. The vessel is follow-on of P15A-Kolkota class destroyers with enhanced features.

In ship building, the underwater hull cannot be constructed on the slipway or dry-dock and the process of the hull, constructed on slip way, being put to sea for the first time is called launching. INS Visakhapatnam is the result of dedicated efforts of various departments of MDL ably guided by Warship Overseeing Team, Mumbai, at all stages of her progress.   Significantly the integration, supported by the advanced Vertical Launch Missile System, the Multifunction Radar System and the hull mounted bow sonar is envisaged during the construction phase. 

The indigenisation content in P15-B class destroyers is a notch above her illustrious predecessors in line with ‘Make in India’ policy of the Government of India.  The vessel is expected to be commissioned in the Navy in 2018. The P15-B stealth destroyers, designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house design organization, Directorate of Naval Design, bear testimony to the Indian Navy’s prowess in designing the state-of-the-art naval combatants comparable to the best in the world.  

According to Naval officials, the design of Project 15-B destroyers once again marks the Navy’s firm commitment towards achieving indigenisation by using high-end technology in the field of weapons/sensors/ machinery and stealth. Mazagaon Docks Limited, the country’s premier warship building yard is engaged in producing sophisticated world class warships and submarines.  At present four destroyers and six submarines are under various stages of construction.


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