Indian Navy: INS Kochi (Project 15-A) Destroyer Launched

by OldSailor on September 18, 2009

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Indian_Navy INS Kochi (Project 15-A) stealth destroyer of Indian Navy was launched on September 18. INS Kochi is a variant of Type 15 destroyers (INS Delhi, INS Mysore and INS Mumbai).
Some interesting features of INS Kochi are:

  • Launched by Mrs Madhulika Verma, wife of Admiral Nirmal Verma, Chief of the Naval Staff.
  • The second of the three Project 15-A Kolkata-class stealth destroyers, built by Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai.
  • Designed indigenously by the Directorate of Naval Design and launched using pontoon-assisted launch technique for the first time to overcome draft constraints in launching heavier vessels.
  • 6500 ton,163 metres long, with maximum speed of 30 Knots.
  • To have
    • Supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface missile.
    • Long Range Surface-to-Air Missiles (LRSAM).
    • MFStar, multi-function radar system to provide accurate data on surface and air targets.mazagon_dock_ltd
    • Four AK-630 rapid-fire guns and a Medium Range gun for close-range defence capability.
    • Indigenously developed twin-tube torpedo launchers and anti-submarine rocket launchers.
    • NPOL developed Humsa-NG hull-mounted sonar.
    • Two multi-role helicopters.
  • Expected to join the fleet in August 2012.

The first in the series INS Kolkata launched in April 2006, is expected to join the Indian Navy in August 2011.

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