Indigenously designed and constructed, the Kolkata-class guided missile destroyer “INS Chennai” is all set to be commissioned into Indian Navy. Following the commissioning, INS Chennai will be placed under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, and would be based in Mumbai.
While INS Kolkata was the first ship in this class commissioned on August 16, 2014, the second was INS Kochi commissioned on September 30, 2015.
INS Chennai is among the largest destroyers constructed in India, with an overall length of 164 meters and displacement of over 7,500 tons. It sails at a top speed of over 30 knots (around 55km) per hour.
BrahMos missiles fired from a Kolkata-class destroyer brahmos
The ship’s air defence capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles, is accentuated by a surface-to-air missile system, four AK 630 rapid-fire guns, sensors and stealth features. INS Chennai can carry two Sea King Medium-Lift Transport/Utility helicopter or HAL Dhruv Multirole Utility helicopter or both 1 x 1.
AK 630 – 30 mm automatic anti aircraft artillery system youtube
It is also equipped with sophisticated digital networks including ATM-based integrated ship data network, combat management systems, automatic power management system and auxiliary control system.