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Visakhapatnam-class Guided Missile Destroyer

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The Visakhapatnam-class (Project 15B) is a class of stealth guided missile destroyers currently being built for the Indian Navy. Based on the Kolkata-class design, the Visakhapatnam-class will be an extensively improved version. Ordered in 2011, the first ship is expected to be completed in 2018. Project 15B destroyers will feature enhanced stealth characteristics as well as incorporate state of the art weaponry and sensors including the long range Barak 8 surface-to-air missile.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Stealth Guided Missile Destroyer
  • Service Period: 2018-
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 535 feet (163.07 meters)
    • Beam: 57 feet (17.37 meters)
    • Draft: 21 feet (6.4 meters)
    • Displacement: 7,400 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 300 (50 officers and 250 enlisted)
  • Propulsion:
    • Twin Zorya M36E gas turbine plants with 4 x DT-59 reversible gas turbines and 2 x RG-54 gearboxes
    • 2 x Bergen/GRSE KVM-diesel engines, 9,900 hp (7,400 kW) each
    • 4 x 1 MWe Wärtsilä WCM-1000 generator sets driving Cummins KTA50G3 engines and Kirloskar 1 MV AC generators
  • Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,408 kilometers) at 14 knots (25.93 km/h)
  • Speed: 30+ knots (55.56+ km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • IAI EL/M-2248 MF-STAR S-band AESA multi-function radar
    • Thales LW-08 D-band air search radar
    • BEL HUMSA-NG bow sonar
    • BEL Nagin active towed array sonar
  • Countermeasures:
    • Elbit Systems Deseaver MK II counter-measures systems and defensive aids suite
  • Armament:
    • 1 x OTO Melara 127mm/64-caliber lightweight naval gun
    • 4 x 8-cell VLS (fires Barak-8 Long Range SAMs)
    • 2 x 8-cell UVLM for 16 BrahMos anti-ship and land-attack missiles
    • 2 x RBU-6000 ASW Rocket Launchers
    • 4 x 21" torpedo tubes
    • 4 x AK-630 30mm CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Sea King or HAL Dhruv helicopters
  • Aviation Facilities: Flight deck and dual enclosed hangar for a combination of 2 Seaking, Chetak or HAL Dhruv helicopters

Unit Run[edit]

  • INS Visakhapatnam (D66)
  • INS Mormugao (D67)
  • INS Paradip (D68)
  • INS Porbandar (D69)
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