INS Kochi, the stealth guided missile destroyer, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on Wednesday by defence minister Manohar Parrikar at the Mumbai dockyard.
Here are 10 things that you need to know about India’s biggest, indigenously-built warship:
The ship weighs over 7,500 tonnes, spanning over 164 metres in length and 17 metres at the beam.
It is propelled by four gas turbines and designed to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots (55.56 km/h).
The ship has a complement of about 40 officers and 350 sailors. The accommodation and living spaces have been designed with emphasis on ergonomics and habitability.
Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar-transparent deck fittings. A bow mounted sonar dome, the second of its kind in an indigenous naval platform, has been introduced to enhance sonar acoustic performance.
The ship includes a successful fitment of vertically launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore and sea-based targets. It has a long-range BrahMos surface-to-surface missile.
One of the few warships of the world and the second in the Indian Navy to have Multi-Function Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar to provide target data to Long Range Surface to Air Missile system.
The ship has MF STAR and LR SAM systems to protect against incoming air borne and surface threats, at medium and close in range. The ship has 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) and AK 630 Close In Weapon System (CIWS) gun mounts.
The ship can be classified as a ‘Network of Networks’ as it is equipped with Ship Data Network (SDN), Combat Management System (CMS), Automatic Power Management System (APMS) and Auxiliary Control System (ACS).
It is equipped to operate two Sea King or Chetak helicopters.
The ship’s anti-submarine arsenal consists of Indigenous Rocket Launchers (IRL), Indigenous Twin-tube Torpedo Launchers (ITTL) and bow-mounted new generation HUMSA Sonar Dome.