India-built biggest warship INS Kochi commissioned
India’s biggest, indigenously-built warship INS Kochi was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Union defence minister Manohar Parikkar .The 7,500-tonne vessel, capable of speeds of more than 30 knots, to be “as good as any foreign ship”, adding that there is renewed enthusiasm among defense production units, PSUs and private sectors.
INS Kochi was built as the second of the three Kolkata Class (Project 15A) Guided Missile Destroyers at the Mazagaon Docks Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai at a cost of Rs 4,000 crore, and joined the Indian Navy fleet as its 10th destroyer.
The first of the Kolkata Class destroyers, INS Kolkata was commissioned in August 2014, while the third and final — INS Chennai — is due for induction by the end of 2016.
These will be followed by a mega-project of nearly Rs 30,000 crore to construct four stealth destroyers at the Mazgaon Docks.INS Kochi is the second ship in the Indian Navy to have multi-function surveillance and threat alert radar to provide information about targets for a long-range surface-to-air missile system
It is vastly superior, has major advancements in weapons and sensors and incorporates new design concepts for improved survival, stealth, sea-keeping and manoeuvrability.
The warship has many lethal weapons to her credit, including the successful fitment of vertically-launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore and sea-based targets.
Features of INS Kochi
• It incorporates an array of state-of-the-art weapons and sensors including long-range surface-to-surface BrahMos missile.
• It weighs 7500 tonnes spanning 164 metres in length and 17 metres at the beam.
• It is propelled by four gas turbines and can achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.
• It has 76mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) and AK 630 Close in Weapon System (CIWS) designed to take on air and surface targets.
• It is the second in the Indian Navy, next to INS Kolkata, to have Multi-Function Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar(MF-STAR) to provide target data to Long Range Surface to Air Missile system (LR-SAM).
• It is equipped to operate two Sea King or Chetak helicaptors.
• It was designed by Directorate of Naval Design and constructed by Mazagon Dock Ship builders Ltd. in Mumbai.
• It is the second ship of the Kolkata-class (Project 15A) Guided Missile Destroyers.
About Kolkata-class warships
• It was conceived as follow-on of the earlier Delhi class warships.
• Under the Project 15A three ships were conceived so far-INS Kolkata, INS Kochi and INS Chennai.
• While the INS Kolkata is already in operation, the INS Chennai is expected to join the navy in 2016.