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India commissions INS Kolkata into Indian Navy, largest indigenously built warship

A file photo of INS Kolkata, the lead ship of the Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyers, which is being readied ahead of it's commissioning. (PTI Photo)

A file photo of INS Kolkata, the lead ship of the Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyers, which is being readied ahead of it’s commissioning. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday commissioned the country’s largest indigenously-built destroyer warship INS Kolkata into the Indian Navy

“INS Kolkata is going to the Indian Navy. This is also a testing time for Indian scientists and engineers. INS Kolkata proves India’s indigenous capability,” Modi said at commissioning of the warship into Indian Navy in Mumbai. He said the warship would send message across the globe about India’s capability. “INS Kolkata is a symbol of self-reliance and will boost the confidence of Armed Forces and inspire the youth at the same time,” he said
The Kolkata Class guided missile destroyers are the new stealth destroyers being built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) for the Indian Navy, under Project 15A. The service entry of the first ship was expected in 2012. The destroyers are preceded by Type 15 Delhi Class destroyers and succeeded by the Project 15B destroyers.

“The Kolkata Class guided missile destroyers are the new stealth destroyers being built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL).” The Indian Government approved the construction of three Kolkata Class destroyers in May 2000. First steel was cut for the lead ship in class, INS Kolkata, in March 2003. Her keel was laid in September 2003.

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  • The ship was launched in March 2006 at Mazagon Dock, Mumbai. It was expected to be commissioned in March 2012.
  • The anti-submarine warfare is provided by twin-tube torpedo launchers and RBU-6000 smerch-2 ASW rocket launchers. The rockets can be launched against submarines within a range of 6km.
  • Kolkata Class is equipped with Thales LW-08 long range volume search radar, EL/M-2248 MF-STAR multimission radar and EL/M-2238 L-band STAR surveillance radar from Israel Aerospace Industries

Source: http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/kolkata-class-guided-missile-destroyers/kolkata-class-guided-missile-destroyers5.html

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