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Indian Navy Project 15 B Fight Component to be Indigenous

Published Jan 24, 2020
Updated Feb 29, 2020

The fight component of Project 15 B destroyers is expected to be largely indigenous with All four ships to be be armed with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles and the next-generation Barak surface-toair missile systems.

The Times of India reported that the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has cleared the package.

Project 15B ships feature cutting edge advanced technology and are comparable to the best ships of similar class anywhere in the world. These ships have been designed indigenously by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design, New Delhi. Each ship spans 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam and displaces 7,300 tonnes. These ships will be propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speed in excess of 30 knots.

The P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and manoeuvrability. Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar transparent deck fittings which make these ships difficult to detect. P15B ships will be equipped to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters.

These ships are packed with an array of state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, including multi-functional surveillance radars and vertically launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore, sea-based and air targets. With significant indigenous content, these ships are a true hallmark of self-reliance attained by our country in warship design and shipbuilding, and a shining example of the ‘Make in India’ philosophy.

As per Naval Technoloy Project 15B class of guided missile destroyers, an improved variant of the Kolkata-class destroyers, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), for the Indian Navy.

The Project 15B ships retain the hull design of Kolkata-class destroyers, but will incorporate advanced stealth features and a high degree of automation.

The sleek hull design in combination with radar transparent deck fittings will make the vessels difficult to detect. With state-of-the-art weapons and sensor package, the destroyers will be one of the world’s most technologically advanced guided missile destroyers.

The significant indigenous content reflects the nation’s self-reliance in warship design and ship-building. The destroyers will feature multiple fire zones, battle damage control systems (BDCS) and distributional power systems for improved survivability and reliability in emergent conditions. The total atmospheric control system (TACS) aboard the vessel will protect the crew from chemical, biological and nuclear threats. The size and the armaments carried will make this class a formidable warship.