With the advent of new technology and advancements in the field of science are giving birth to new innovations. New experiments are coming into light by the Indian Navy and now it launched guided missile destroyer Imphal, the third ship under Project 15-B, at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai on April 20. It has been named after the Battle of Imphal and Kohima that were fought 75 years ago.
A coconut was broken on the ship’s bow by, Reena Lanba, the wife of Navy Chief Admiral and president of Navy Wives Association Sunil Lanba to launch the ship.
The displacement of the ship is of 7.300 tonnes, which are propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots and it has a length of 163 meters and 17.4 meters at the beam. Imphal is similar to the previously launched warships Vishakhapatnam and Marmugao and it can carry and operate two multiple role helicopters.
These ships difficult to detect because the enhanced stealth features have been achieved through the shaping of hull and use of radar transparent deck fittings, Navy said in a statement.
The most important features of these ships are that they packed with the state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, including multi-functional surveillance radars and vertically launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore, sea-based and air targets.
“We have a long-term perspective plan and we’re going to induct more and more submarines, aircraft in coming days as part of that plan”, said, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Lanba that he was very much satisfied with the fleet the Indian Navy currently has while speaking at the launch.
The government had sanctioned four 15B ships at the cost of Rs 29,700 crores in 2011. The first ship ‘Visakhapatnam’ of the project which is a guided-missile destroyer was launched on April 20 in 2015. The delivery of Visakhapatnam (2015) and Mormugao warships (2016) will start in April 2021 and will go on till 2024.