India gets 4th P-15B missile destroyer: 2×8-cell VLS, BrahMos AShMs

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NEW DELHI, ($1=77.56 Indian Rupees) — The Ministry of Defense of India announced on May 17 at the Mazagon Docks Limited [MDL] shipyard in Mumbai the launching ceremony of the fourth destroyer of the P-15 Bravo-class destroyer and the second frigate of the Project 17A class.

Photo: Indian MoD

The new destroyer is called “Surat” and the frigate – “Udayugiri”. Both warships were built at the MDL plant in Mumbai under designs developed by the Directorate of Naval Design [DND].

In December 2010, the Security Committee of the Government of India approved the construction of four stealth destroyers under the Project-15B Bravo-class program. The contract for their supply to the Indian Navy was signed on January 28, 2011. The cost of the contract amounts to 293.4 billion rupees [$ 4.89 billion]. The destroyer was designed by the Indian Navy’s Design Directorate with an emphasis on stealth.

The launch ceremony for the main ship in the series, called Visakhapatnam, took place on April 20, 2015. The destroyer was handed over to the Indian Navy on October 28, 2021, and entered the Navy in November 2021.

In September 2016, the second Mormugao destroyer was launched. The third ship in the Imphal series was launched on April 20, 2019. The keel of the fourth ship took place in July 2018. The second destroyer in the series is planned to be put into service in 2022, and Imphal in 2023. The project is expected to be completed by 2024.

Visakhapatnam-class destroyer

Visakhapatnam-class destroyer or better known as P-15 Bravo-class is an Indian warship designed to launch cruise missiles and constructed with an emphasis on stealth technology. Its displacement is 7,400 tons, and it is 163 meters long.

Ships in this class are powered by two Zorya M36E gas turbines, with four DT-59 reversible gas turbines and two RG-54 gearboxes. Power is provided by two Bergen / GRSE KVM-diesel engines providing 9,900 horsepower, as well as four 1 MWe Wärtsilä WCM-1000 generator sets driving Cummins KTA50G3 engines and Kirloskar 1 MV AC generators.

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The speed of ships of this class is expected to be within 30 knots [56 km / h]. The radar systems integrated into the ship are IAI EL / M-2248 MF-STAR S-Band AESA radar, BEL RAWL-02 / LW-08 L-Band air-search radar, and Terma / Tata Scanter-6002 X-Band surface-search radar. The sonars that will be available to Visakhapatnam-class destroyer are BEL HUMSA-NG active/passive sonar and BEL “Nagin” active towed-array sonar.

The ship has four 8-cell VLS, for a total of 32 Barak 8 surface-to-air missiles, two 8-cell VLS, for 16 BrahMos anti-ship missiles, four 533 mm [21 in] torpedo tubes, and two RBU- 6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers. There are also several guns: one OTO Melara 76 mm naval gun, four AK-630M CIWS, and two OFT 12.7 mm M2 Stabilized Remote Controlled Gun

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