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Mormugao, Indian Navy’s most advanced missile destroyer warship, launched: 10 facts you can’t miss

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Sat September 17 2016, 4:54 pm
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    1. Mormugao, India's second Vishakhapatnam-class missile destroyer warship, has been launched and it is a big milestone for the Indian Navy and the 'Make in India' indigenisation drive for the defence sector. The first ship under the Project 15B, the INS Vishakhapatnam, was launched in April 2015. According to the Indian Navy, the Project 15B ships feature cutting edge advanced technology and are comparable to the best ships of similar class anywhere in the world. The ship boasts of enhanced stealth features. We take a look at some key facts about the most advanced warship of the Indian Navy: (Source: Indian Navy)

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    2. The ship had a launch weight of 2844 tonnes. The ships under this project have been designed indigenously by the Directorate of Naval Design. (Source: Indian Navy)

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    3. Each ship spans 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam and displaces 7300 tonnes. The Mormugao, and other ships in its class, are propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. (Source: Indian Navy)

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    4. In terms of weapons power, Mormugao will be equipped with surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles, anti-submarine launchers. According to some reports, the Mormugao will boast of the Barak-8 long-range missiles, which have been jointly developed by Israel and India. (Source: Indian Navy)

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    5. The Indian Navy says that the vessel is also fitted with multi-mission radar meant for surveillance. It also has a medium range air/surface surveillance radar and other advanced electronic warfare and decoys. (Source: Indian Navy)

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    6. P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and ship manoeuvrability, claims the Indian Navy. (Source: Indian Navy)

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    7. Advanced stealth features, the Indian Navy says, have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar transparent deck fittings. These features make the Project 15B ships difficult to detect.

    The Mormugao will be equipped to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters. (Source: Indian Navy)

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    8. The Mormugao is packed with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, such as vertically launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore, sea-based and air targets.

    The ship currently boasts of 66% indigenous content, and the Navy hopes to take this up to 68% for subsequent ships. (Source: Indian Navy)

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    9. "The ship embodies features such as Multiple Fire Zones, Total Atmospheric Control System (TACS) for Air Conditioning, Battle Damage Control Systems (BDCS), Distributional Power Systems and Emergency DA to enhance survivability and reliability in emergent scenarios," says the Navy.

    "These ships have been designed for a complement of 50 officers and 250 sailors. The accommodation and working spaces have been designed with special emphasis on ergonomics and habitability," it adds. (Source: Indian Navy)

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    10. In 2011, the government had sanctioned four 15B ships at the cost of Rs 29,700 crore. Under the Project 15B, MDL is building four destroyers, the deliveries of which are expected to be from 2020 to 2024. (Source: Indian Navy)

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