INS Chennai, a ‘Made-in-India’ Largest destroyer warship, was commissioned into the Indian Navy’s combat fleet on Monday by Defence minister Manohar Parrikar.

INS Chennai is the largest destroyers constructed in India and has been built by Mazagon Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai.

“The ship is equipped with a decoy that can divert a missile attack. Nearly 60% of the ship was built at Mazagon Dock, while weapons and sensors were brought from Israel and Russia. Destroyers are second only to aircraft carriers in projecting raw combat power,” said an official.

 

Know about INS Chennai

 

The ship possesses formidable prowess of missile technology. It’s armed with supersonic surface to surface brahmos missiles and barak-8 long range surface to air missiles. Also, it’s the first to have a specially integrated Kavach system that enables it to change the direction of missiles and torpedoes fired at it by the enemy ship.

INS Kolkata, the first ship of the Kolkata class was commissioned in 2014 and INS Kochi the second ship of the class was commissioned in 2015.

INS Chennai is among the largest destroyers constructed in India, with a length overall of 164 meters and displacement of over 7,500 tons. The ship is a potent platform capable of undertaking a variety of tasks and missions, spanning the full spectrum of maritime warfare.

Armed with supersonic Surface to Surface ‘BrahMos’ missiles, and ‘Barak-8’ Long Range Surface to Air missiles, the ship possesses formidable prowess of missile technology. The undersea warfare capable boasts of indigenously developed anti-submarine weapons and sensors, prominently the Hull Mounted Sonar ‘HUMSA-NG’, Heavyweight Torpedo Tube Launchers, Rocket Launchers and Towed Arrau sonar capability.

For defence against enemy missiles, the ship is fitted with ‘Kavach’ chaff decoy system and for defence against enemy torpedoes, it is fitted with ‘Mareech’ torpedo decoy system, both developed indigenously in India. The ship is designed to carry and operate up to two multi-role helicopters.

The ship is propelled by a powerful Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion plant, consisting of four reversible gas turbines, which enables her to achieve a top speed of over 30 knots (approximately 55 kilometers per hour). The ship boasts of a very high level of automation with sophisticated digital networks, such as ATM based integrated Ship Data Network (AISDN), Combat Management System (CMS), Automatic Power Management System (APMS) and Auxilliary Control System (ACS).

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The third P15A / Kolkata-class destroyer INS Chennai (D65) will be commissioned into service today. Shano Varuna!- Images