The Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba launched a guided missile destroyer INS Imphal on 21st April 2019. It is the third ship under Project 15B. Know all about INS Imphal, here!
Defence Current Affairs: INS Imphal
What is a destroyer?
Destroyers are multirole, highly specialized ships which are capable of anti-air and anti-submarine warfare. They are also equipped with heavy offensive weapons like Brahmos, Tomahawk etc.
The Indian Navy is equipped with many destroyers as mentioned below:
INS Kolkata, INS Delhi, INS Rajput, INS Rana, INS Mysore, INS Kochi
What is Project 15B?
Project 15B is a project of the Indian Navy that deals with manufacturing of stealth guided missile destroyers. They are also known as Vishakhapatnam-class destroyers and consists of Ships - INS Vishakhapatnam, INS Imphal, INS Mormugao, INS Porbandar.
All the above destroyers are being built by Mazagon Dockyard Limited (MDL) in India.
The destroyers are an improved version of the Kolkata-class (Project 15A) and will feature enhanced stealth characteristics. The first ship is expected to enter service in 2021.
The ship was named after the Indian soldiers who fought during World War II in the Battle of Imphal and Kohima for 1944.
These ships were indigenously designed by the Directorate of the Indian Navy. Each vessel spans a length of 163 meters and displaces 7,300 tons. Four gas turbines will propel these ships to reach speeds exceeding 30 knots.
Why is INS Imphal Special:
The INS Imphal will be able to fire from its two eight-cell vertical launching systems (VLS), the naval variant of the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos, a derivative of the Russian P-800 Oniks over - the-horizon supersonic anti-ship cruise missile.
In 2011, at the cost of Rs 29,700 crores, the government-sanctioned four 15B ships. The project's first ship, ' Visakhapatnam ' guided-missile destroyer, was launched on April 20, 2015. Delivery of warships from Visakhapatnam (2015) and Mormugao (2016) will commence in April 2021 and continue until 2024.
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