- The Indian Navy has commissioned its third Kamorta-class corvette
- Platform will improve the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities, particularly in the Indian Ocean region
The Indian Navy has officially inducted its third Kamorta (Project 28)-class anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-focused corvette.
The vessel, designated INS Kiltan , was commissioned on 16 October at Visakhapatnam in a ceremony officiated by Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Kiltan joins two other Kamorta-class corvettes, INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt , commissioned in August 2014 and January 2016 respectively.
Kiltan was built by India’s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), but features a composite superstructure supplied by Sweden’s Saab Kockums, incorporated to reduce the vessel’s top weight. Kiltan was laid down in August 2010, and subsequently launched in March 2013.
The Kamorta class displaces approximately 3,100 tons at full load, with an overall length of 109 m. Powered by four Pielstick PA6-STC marine engines in a combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) configuration, the platform can attain a top speed of 25 kt, and has a standard range of 4,000 n miles at 12 kt. The ship has a crew complement of 195, including 15 officers, and can carry one Ka-28PL or HAL Dhruv helicopter on its deck.
The corvette’s armament includes a 76 mm naval gun, and a 16-cell vertical launching system (VLS) that is capable of deploying Barak 1 surface-to-air missiles. The ship has also been equipped with a pair of AK-630M close-in weapon system (CIWS) turrets for defence against precision-guided munitions.
The vessel’s suite of ASW capabilities includes an HUMSA-NG bow-mounted sonar, four heavyweight torpedo tube launchers, and a pair of 12-barrelled RBU6000 rocket depth-charge launchers. Other sensors include Bharat’s Revathi 3-D E/F-band radar system for air and surface surveillance, and the Lynx U1 fire control system.
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