Vishakhapatnam: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday commissioned India's first indigenously built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette 'INS Kamorta' at naval dockyard in Vishakhapatnam.
Kamorta is the first of four ASW stealth corvettes designed by Indian Navys in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and built by the Garden Reach Shipyard(GRSE), Kolkata under Project 28. Speaking on the occasion, Jaitley said: In recent months amongst the various initiatives government has undertaken, one is indigenous manufacture of our Defence deployment. I am sure INS Kamorta will serve this country effectively for a very long time.
The ships production commenced on March 1, 2006 and the new Kamorta was launched on April 19, 2010. Her maiden sea trials commenced in June 2013 and she was handed over to the Indian Navy by the Shipbuilders on July 12, 2014. Kamorta has been constructed using high grade steel (DMR 249A) produced in India.
With a displacement of about 3500 tonnes, the sleek and magnificent ship spans about 110 meters in length and 14 meters at the beam. The ships propulsion system consists of two Diesel Engines to achieve a maximum speed of 25 knots and an endurance of about 3500 nautical miles. Enhanced stealth features incorporating X form of Hull, full beam superstructure, inclined ship-sides and use of Infra Red Signature Suppression (IRSS) make her less susceptible to detection.
About 90% of the ship is indigenous, with its weapons and sensors suite showcasing the nations growing capability in designing and developing sophisticated weapon systems, which include heavy weight torpedoes, ASW rockets, Medium Range gun and Close-in-Weapon System comprising of two multi-barrel guns.
Her sensors include the most advanced bow mounted sonar and indigenous air surveillance radar Revathi with capability to detect targets exceeding 200 Km. The ship would also be installed with short-range Surface-to-Air missiles (SAM) and Active Towed Array Decoy System (ATDS) subsequently. It can also carry an integral ASW helicopter.