The INS Mormugao will be given to the Indian Navy by Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday, the day before Goa Liberation Day. It is another stealth-guided missile destroyer.
The INS Mormugao is 163 metres long and 17 metres wide. It is named after the port city of Goa. It is a stealth destroyer that uses as many local parts as possible. It weighs 7,400 tonnes and can go as fast as 30 knots (over 55kmph).
The Defense Ministry says that “about 75% of it is made of indigenous materials” and that it has “a lot of indigenous equipment” and “major indigenous weapons.”
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This is the second ship in “Project 15B,” which will cost Rs 35,800 crore all together. The first one was called the INS Visakhapatnam. It joined the Indian Navy in November 2021.
What is INS Mormugao armed with?
A few of the weapons on the INS Mormugao are made in India. These include surface-to-air missiles with a medium range and BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 290 km to 450 km.
It also has indigenous torpedo tube launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai), anti-submarine indigenous rocket launchers (Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai), and 76mm super rapid gun mount (BHEL, Haridwar), as well as different gun systems with a wide range of sensors.
It will be able to carry and operate two multi-role helicopters. The ministry says that these helicopters are also equipped with a variety of cutting-edge weapons and sensors, such as multi-functional surveillance radars and a vertically launched missile system for long-range engagement of land, sea, and air targets.
What is Indian Navy’s Project 15B?
Project 15B makes stealth destroyers with as many Indian parts as possible. It is said to be “a confirmation of the push that the Government of India and the Indian Navy are giving to Aatmanirbhar Bharat as part of India’s 75th anniversary of independence.”
The project includes a total of four ships, all of which were designed by the Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau and built in Mumbai by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. These will be put in Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal, and Surat.
What does Indian Navy’s Project 15B Aim for?
The whole world is watching the Indian Ocean, and India wants to be a net security provider in the area. The new ship is a boost for the Navy and “would improve the country’s maritime prowess in the Indian Ocean Region.”
The Defense Ministry said, “The project is a follow-up to the Kolkata class (Project 15A) destroyers that were put into service in the last ten years.” The four ships will be named after four major cities in the four corners of the country.
The ministry said that the Visakhapatnam class of destroyers “has mostly kept the same hull shape, propulsion machinery, many platform equipment, and major weapons and sensors as the Kolkata class to take advantage of series production.”