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Missile destroyer INS Chennai launched

Last updated on: April 1, 2010 16:43 IST

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The Indian Navy launched a new warship, a missile destroyer in the Project-15 alpha class, at the Mazgaon Dock in Mumbai on Thursday.

Elizabeth Antony, wife of Defence Minister AK Antony, launched the warship.

Speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister AK Antony said that India should have indigenous warship manufacturing capability and that the country cannot depend on foreign shipyards. Click on NEXT to read further...


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The Project 15 Alpha is code name for Kolkata-class destroyers that are being made in the Mazgaon dock in Mumbai.

These are the largest warships ever constructed at Mazgaon, the oldest and the most prolific of all Indian naval dockyards.

Aimed at adding a new dimension to the country's naval warfare, India has launched the indigenous warship with enhanced stealth features and land-attack capabilities.



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"Project 15 A, although conceived as a follow-on of the earlier Delhi class, has major advances in its weapons and sensors and is technologically far more superior," the sources said.

The lead ship INS Kolkata and its sister ship INS Kochi have already been launched.

The Kolkata-class ships have a length of 163 mts, width of 17.4 mts and displacement of 6,800 tonnes, and will carry two helicopters on board.



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The 6800 tonnes Kolkata class (Project 15-A) destroyers will incorporate Indian systems including the HUMSA-NG (Hull Mounted Sonar Array new generation), 16 Brahmos missiles, torpedos and the Nagin active towed array sonar, jointly developed by the DRDO's Naval Science and Technology Laboratory in Visakhapatnam and Bharat Electronics Limited in Bangalore.

Russia is assisting Project 15-A will assist with shafts and propellers. The propulsion package will consist of four reversible gas turbines in combined gas-and-gas configuration.

Russia will also provide the know-how for pontoon-assisted launches.

Conventionally, a ship is 'launched' into water once its hull is completed, after which the superstructure -- the upper decks and masts -- is fitted on in deeper water.


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