June 26, 2014

India's first indigenous anti-submarine warfare ship ready

India's first indigenously-built antisubmarine warfare corvette INS Kamorta is ready to be commissioned into the Indian Navy next month, defence officials said here on Tuesday.

Built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata, it will be the first warship armed with an indigenous rocket launcher for anti submarine warfare, they said.

The corvette is readying to sail out from GRSE's fitting-out jetty in Kolkata to join the Navy's eastern fleet at Vishakhapatnam in July, officials said.

The sophisticated front line warship with stealth features will also be the first warship armed with the new trainable chaff launcher — Kavach.

With an approximate displacement of 3400 tonnes, it can achieve a maximum speed of 25 knots. It is powered by four indigenously designed 3888KW diesel engines at 1050 rpm and can cover nearly 3,500 nautical miles at 18 knots. The overall length of the ship is 109 meters and is nearly 13 metres wide at its maximum bulge.

With about 90 per cent of the ship being indigenous, it is also capable of deploying a helicopter, adding considerable punch to the ship's antisubmarine capability.

Times of india

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