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.
INS Chennai marks the completion of the Indian Navy’s crucial Project 15A, which is technologically far more superior than its predecessor Delhi-class destroyers. The Project 15-A is all about indigenization as the design is 100 per cent Indian.
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.
Here are some strong points of INS Chennai:
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.
The ship is capable of a variety of tasks and missions, covering the entire range of maritime warfare. It possesses an array of state of the art weapons. It is equipped with supersonic surface-to-surface BrahMos missiles and Barak-8 long range surface-to-air missiles. The BrahMos missiles will enable the ship to engage shore based and naval surface targets at long ranges, making it a lethal platform for strike against enemy targets.
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.
The destroyer is also armed with indigenously developed anti-submarine weapons and sensors, prominently the Hull Mounted Sonar ‘HUMSA-NG’, Heavyweight Torpedo Tube Launchers, Rocket Launchers and Towed Arrau sonar capability. The networking of the weapons and sensors will enable the warship to combat multi-threats in different dimensions simultaneously.
The ship is the first one to have a specially-integrated underwater ‘Kavach’ decoy system that changes the direction of a missile or a torpedo fired at it by an enemy ship.
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.