Mormugao: Indian Navy and the ‘Make in India’ drive for defence sector just got a big fillip with the launch of India’s latest missile destroyer warship. During the launch ceremony, the hull of the ship which is constructed on a dry area is floated on water for the first time. This is a milestone event for any vessel. Mormugao is the second destroyer of the Project 15B and has been built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL). The first destroyer, INS Visakhapatnam, was launched in 2015.
The Indian navy aims to take the level of indigenisation in this project to 68%, from the current 66%. This project is in continuation of the 15A, under which the INS Kolkata and INS Delhi class of warships were built. 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. P15B ships will have a displacement of 7300 T and a maximum speed of 31-32 knots. It has been named after the Goan port of Mormugao.
Watch stunning video: Mormugao, second warship of Project 15B, launched today
According to the Indian Navy, the P15B-Missile Destroyers are warships with latest weapon package. 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. 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.
MDL says that the ship is being launched ahead of schedule. “Launching per se is also an activity that needs to the orchestrated with precision in tandem with the rising and receding tides,” it says.