INS Chennai (D65) : INS Chennai is the third and the last in its installment of Stealth Guided Missile Destroyer Ships project named PROJECT 15A .
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday commissioned ‘INS Chennai’.
The indigenously designed ship comprises of state of the art weapons and sensors, stealth features, an advanced action information system, a comprehensive auxiliary control system, world class modular living spaces, sophisticated power distribution system and a lot of other advanced features.
INS Chennai will be fitted with the supersonic BraMos surface-to-surface missile system. The system enables the ship to engage shore-based and naval surface targets at long range making it a stealth platform for strikes against targets.
The ship’s air defence capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missile will revolve around the vertical launch, long range surface-to-air missile system, which is being co-developed by DRDO.
Four AK-630 rapid-fire guns will provide the ship with close-in-defence capability while an MR gun will enable her to provide effective naval gunfire support.
Twin tube torpedo launchers and rocket launchers will add strength to the ship’s anti-submarine capability.
The Ship is far more advanced than INS Kolkota and INS Kochi which have been earlier commissioned under the same Project.
INS Chennai , INS Kolkata & INS Kochi (PROJECT 15A)
The ship is the first to have a specially-integrated underwater decoy system which changes the direction of a missile / torpedo fired at it.
It is also fitted with sophisticated digital networks including ATM-based integrated ship data network, combat management systems, automatic power management system and auxiliary control system.
List of active Indian Navy Ships:
The list is taken from the Official Indian Navy website, as of 2016 the Navy possesses : 2 aircraft carriers, 1 amphibious transport dock, 8 Landing ship tanks, 11 destroyers, 14 frigates, 1 nuclear-powered attack submarine,1 Ballistic missile submarine, 14 conventionally-powered attack submarines, 24 corvettes, 7 mine countermeasure vessels, 10 large offshore patrol vessels, 4 fleet tankers and various auxiliary vessels and small patrol boats.
INS Chennai will be placed under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Mumbai.