New milestone! Third ship of Project 15B, Guided Missile Destroyer Imphal launched in Mumbai

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Published: April 23, 2019 1:45:13 PM

According to the Indian Navy, the Project 15B ships features which have cutting edge advanced technology and are comparable to the best ships of similar class anywhere in the world.

The third ship of Project 15B, Guided Missile Destroyer Imphal, has been launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), Mumbai.

Marking another significant milestone in the history of indigenous warship design and construction programme of India, the third ship of Project 15B, Guided Missile Destroyer Imphal, has been launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), Mumbai.

The ships which will be constructed here have indigenous content, and are a perfect example of self-reliance attained by India and the Indian Navy in warship design and shipbuilding, and fits perfectly in the government’s Make in India Philosophy.

With the invocation from the Atharva Veda being rendered in the background, the vessel weighing 3,037 tonnes was launched by the Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and in keeping with maritime traditions, Reena Lanba, President NWWA, broke a coconut on the ship’s bow and launched the ship.

According to the Indian Navy, the Project 15B ships features which have cutting edge advanced technology and are comparable to the best ships of similar class anywhere in the world.

Designed in-house by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design, every single ship spans 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam and displaces 7,300 tonnes. To be propelled by four gas turbines, they will achieve speed in excess of 30 knots.

These P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and manoeuvrability.

The enhanced stealth features in Imphal have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar transparent deck fittings. These features make Imphal ship difficult to detect. Imphal is equipped to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters. These ships, made under Project15B, will be packed with high-tech weapons and sensors, including multi-functional surveillance radars and vertically launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore, sea-based and air targets.

At the launch, Admiral Lanba complimented the partnership of Indian Navy, MDL, DRDO, BEL, OFB and other public sector enterprises. he also Thanked private industry in ensuring that force levels are made available to meet India’s National strategic maritime objectives.

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