INS Chennai: Indian Navy’s ‘largest-ever’ Made-in-India guided missile destroyer commissioned; 10 special facts
INS Chennai (D65), that was commissioned into the Indian Navy, is the third of the Kolkata-class guided missile destroyer for India. Reportedly, the "largest-ever" warship to be made in India, the INS Chennai is the last of the ships in the Project 15A of the Indian Navy. The other two warships, INS Kolkata and INS Kochi have already been commissioned into the Indian Navy in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The INS Chennai has been built by Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited.
We take a look at 10 interesting facts about how the INS Chennai adds to the firepower of the Indian Navy in a formidable way:
The INS Chennai is armed with supersonic surface-to-surface ‘BrahMos’ missiles, and ‘Barak-8’ long range surface-to-air missiles. This gives it a formidable prowess of missile technology.
Undersea warfare: INS Chennai boasts of indigenously developed anti-submarine weapons and sensors. Prominently, it has the Hull Mounted Sonar ‘HUMSA-NG’, heavyweight torpedo tube launchers, rocket launchers and towed array sonar capability.
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.
INS Chennai 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.
INS Chennai has an overall length of 164 meters and displacement of over 7,500 tons.
The ship is designed to carry and operate up to two multi-role helicopters.
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).
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.
In conclusion, the INS Chennai is said to be a potent platform capable of undertaking a variety of tasks and missions, spanning the full spectrum of maritime warfare.
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