On Monday, The Indian Navy to boost its force’s caliber of targeting and detecting rancorous ship introduced a newest anti-submarine warfare (ASW) Corvette. This warship is inducted to provide protection to Indian warships.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the presence of navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba commissioned the indigenously built INS Kiltan into the navy.
Here are 7 things to know about Indian Navy’s newest anti-submarine warfare corvette:
1. There are four ASW corvettes is built under the Rs 7,800-crore Project 28 and among these, INS Kiltan stands at the third position. INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt which are called its sister ships have already been working into the navy.
2. In June 2012, the contract of building INS Kiltan was given to Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers. The Directorate of Naval Design of Navy has designed the warship.
3. Laced with carbon fiber composite articles that are made in Sweden, this is the Navy’s first warship having such a superstructure and this material makes the warship lower weight and cost and improved stealth features. While talking about its weight, it is 100 tonnes lighter than previous ones.
4. As a pilot project before the delivery of INS Kiltan to the Indian Navy, all the major weapons and sensors have been tested. It is completely ripe to be actively deployed.
5. INS Kiltan is 14 m at the beam and 109 m in length. Four diesel engines help in achieving the speed of 25 knots with an endurance of 3,450 nautical miles. A crew of 13 officers and 178 sailors will work at INS Kiltan.
6. In the list of weapons, heavyweight torpedoes, ASW rockets, two multi-barrel 30 mm guns and 76 mm caliber medium range gun are included.
7. Essential propulsion and support systems for anti-submarine warfare provide very low irradiation of noise facility underwater.
INS Kiltan is named after strategically located Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands.