Giving ‘Make in India’ for the defence sector yet another boost, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar commissioned the indigenously designed and built INS Chennai into the Indian Navy. INS Chennai is a Kolkata-class guided missile destroyer, and packs a formidable potent punch. It has been built by Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. INS Kolkata was commissioned into the Indian Navy in August 2014 and INS Kochi, another ship in the Kolkata-class, was commissioned in September 2015. With the commissioning of the INS Chennai, the Project 15A of the Indian Navy, has been completed.
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The destroyer is armed with supersonic surface-to-surface ‘BrahMos’ missiles, and ‘Barak-8’ long range surface-to-air missiles. This implies that the ship possesses formidable prowess of missile technology. In terms of undersea warfare, it boasts of indigenously developed anti-submarine weapons and sensors, prominently the Hull Mounted Sonar ‘HUMSA-NG’, heavyweight torpedo tube launchers, rocket launchers and towed array sonar capability. To prevent the ship from being hit by the enemy’s missiles, the INS Chennai comes equipped with ‘Kavach’ chaff decoy system. It is also fitted with ‘Mareech’ torpedo decoy system for defence against torpedoes. Both of these decoy systems have been developed indigenously. Additionally, the ship is designed to carry and operate up to two multi-role helicopters.
Before its commissioning, the INS Chennai underwent extensive sea and weapons firing trials. According to the Indian Navy, the INS Chennai one of among the largest destroyers that has been constructed in India. It has an overall length of 164 meters and displacement of over 7,500 tons. The ship is a potent platform capable of undertaking a variety of tasks and missions, spanning the full spectrum of maritime warfare, the Indian Navy says.
The ship is propelled by a powerful Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion plant which consists of 4 reversible gas turbines. This allows the ship to achieve a top speed of over 30 knots, which is approximately 55 km/hr. The Indian Navy says that the ship has a very high level of automation with “sophisticated digital networks”, such as ATM based integrated Ship Data Network (AISDN), Combat Management System (CMS), Automatic Power Management System (APMS) and Auxilliary Control System (ACS).
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“The ship’s crest depicts the outline of the iconic Fort Saint George at Chennai in the background, a part of the adjacent beach in front, and a sloop on blue and white waves in the background. The crew of the ship abides by the Sanskrit motto ‘Shatro Sanharaka’ meaning ‘Vanquisher of Enemies’. The motto epitomizes the warrior spirit and strong resolve of the ship and her crew to prevail and succeed in combat,” the Defence Ministry release explains. The INS Chennai will now be placed under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command. After undergoing some more sea trials of ship-borne systems, the INS Chennai will be assigned to the Western Fleet and would be based at Mumbai.