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Wednesday, April 24 2024

Indian Navy to Commission Stealth Destroyer ‘Imphal’

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New Delhi : The most recent stealth guided-missile destroyer to join the Indian Navy, called “Imphal,” is scheduled to be placed into service on December 26 in front of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

According to the Ministry of Defence, on October 20, “Imphal,” the first warship named after a northeastern city, was handed over to the navy following a thorough and demanding trial program that took place both on land and at sea.

Later, in November, the ship successfully tested the BrahMos missile, an indigenous warship’s first long-range supersonic missile, ahead of its commissioning. This demonstrated the Navy’s emphasis on combat effectiveness and faith in its state-of-the-art indigenous weapons and platforms, according to a ministry official.

Measuring 163 metres in length, displacing 7,400 tons and with 75 per cent indigenous content, ‘Imphal’ can be regarded as one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India.

A formidable moving fortress at sea, it is capable of achieving speeds in excess of 30 knots and is packed with sophisticated state of the art weapons and sensors, including surface to surface and surface to air missiles.

The ship is fitted with a modern surveillance radar which provides target data to the gunnery weapon systems of the ship.

Its anti-submarine warfare capabilities are provided by the indigenously-developed rocket launchers, torpedo launchers, and ASW helicopters.

The ship is equipped to fight under Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions and has a high degree of automation and stealth features further enhancing her combat capability and survivability.

A few of the main indigenous systems on board “Imphal” are the following: combat management system, integrated platform management system, automated power management system, foldable hangar doors, helo traversing system, close-in weapon system, indigenous medium-range surface to air and surface to surface missiles, torpedo tubes, anti-submarine rocket launchers, and super rapid gun mount.

The official went on, “Jeet & Jeet, Sushma Marine, Technico, BrahMos, BEL, L&T, Godrej, Marine Electrical, etc. have all contributed to making of the mighty ‘Imphal’.”

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