The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, commissioned INS Kolkata, indigenously built warship into the Indian Navy at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai August 16.
Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff stressed that indigenization of platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment, through public as well as private sectors, will continue to remain a focus area.
The Project 15A Kolkata class destroyers are follow-on of 15 ‘Delhi’ class destroyers which entered service in the late 1990s. The ships have been christened after major port cities of India viz. Kolkata, Kochi and Chennai.
The ship measures 164 meters in length and approximately 18 meters in width and has a full load displacement of 7400 tonnes.
The ship has a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion system, consisting of four powerful reversible gas turbines and can attain speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship’s electric power is provided by four gas turbine generators and one diesel alternator, which together produce 4.5 Mega-Watts of electrical power, enough to light up a small town. The ship has a complement of 30 officers and 300 sailors.
The ship is packed with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors including the vertically launched Long Range Surface to Air Missiles (LRSAM) coupled with the MF-STAR multi-function active phased array radar, which is fitted for the first time on an Indian Naval ship.
It is equipped with advanced supersonic and long range BrahMos Surface to Surface Missiles – a joint Indo-Russian venture. The 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) and AK 630 CIWS, both manufactured indigenously, can take on air and surface targets.
The ship is equipped to operate two Chetak helicopters.
The ship is equipped with digital networks, such as ATM based Integrated Ship Data Network (AISDN), Auxiliary Control System (ACS), Automatic Power Management System (APMS) and Combat Management System (CMS).
Some of the major indigenized equipment/ systems onboard INS Kolkata include Combat Management System (CMS), Auxiliary Control System (ACS), Automatic Power Management System (APMS), Foldable Hangar Doors, Helo Traversing System and bow mounted HUMSA NG system.