5 Key Facts about Indian Navy’s two new Warships
INS Surat, INS Udaygiri Launch: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched INS Surat and INS Udaygiri, two new India-made warships in Mumbai on May 17, 2022. Indian Navy Destroyer INS Surat is the fourth and last stealth destroyer under the ‘Project 15B’ programme. INS Udaygiri is an Indian Naval frigate of ‘Project 17A’ programme.
The two ships will undergo trials before being commissioned into the Indian Navy. Both 15B and P17A ships have been designed in India by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND).
Union Defence Minister described the warships as an embodiment of the government’s unwavering commitment to enhancing the country’s maritime capability, while focussing on ‘Aatmanirbharta’. He said, “Joining hands with initiatives like ‘Make in India’, the Navy has given 76 per cent Acceptance of Necessity (AON), and 66 per cent cost-basis contracts to Indian vendors in 2014, and the indigenization of about 90 per cent of the Naval ammunition has taken place.”
INS Surat, INS Udaygiri: Top 5 Facts about Indian Navy’s two new Warships
- INS Surat is the fourth and the last ship of the 7,400-tonne Project 15B Indian Navy Destroyers. These are called the Visakhapatnam class after the lead vessel INS Visakhapatnam. The Destroyer has been named after Gujarat’s commercial capital- Surat, which has a rich maritime and ship-building history.
- The Indian Naval Destroyers are named after Indian cities as per the naval tradition. It began with Project 15, under which three destroyers were built: INS Delhi in 1997, INS Mysore in 1999 and INS Mumbai in 2001.Project 15 was followed by the three-destroyer Project 15A, under which INS Kolkata was commissioned in 2014, INS Kochi in 2015 and INS Chennai in 2016.
- Under project 15-B, the first destroyer of the project INS Visakhapatnam was commissioned in November 2021, while the second INS Mormugao and third INS Imphal have been launched, they are at different stages of trials.
- INS Surat has been built using Block construction methodology that involves hull construction in two different locations and then joint together at one hub. While INS Mormugao will be commissioned in 2022, INS Imphal will be commissioned in 2023 and INS Surat is likely to be commissioned in 2024, all at one-year intervals.
- Project 15B is expected to cost a total of Rs 35,800 crore, Rs 8,950 crore per vessel.
- INS Udaygiri is the third ship of Project 17A Frigates. It is named after a mountain range in Andhra Pradesh, India.
- The Project 17 has yielded three frigates so far, INS Shivalik in 2010, INS Satpura in 2011 and INS Sahyadri in 2012.
- A total of seven ships will be launched under the P17A programe, out of which O3 and o4 are under construction.
- INS Udaygiri frigate will be more advanced than the P17 Shivalik Class Frigates with advanced weapons, improved stealth features,sensors and platform management system.
- These frigates are reincarnations of the six-ship Leander-class or the Nilgiri-class, which included -INS Nilgiri (1972- 1996), INS Himgiri (1974-2005), INS Udaygiri (1976-2007), INS Dunagiri (1977-2010, INS Taragiri (1980-2013) and INS Vindhyagiri (1981-2012).
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