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INS Mormugao, Navy acquires highly advanced missile P15B destroyer

INS Mormugao

 

INS Mormugao: INS Mormugao is the second vessel of the Indian Navy’s stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Visakhapatnam class. It was launched on September 17, 2016, and is being built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). A class of guided-missile destroyers known as the Visakhapatnam-class, commonly known as the P-15 Bravo class or simply P-15B, is currently being constructed for the Indian Navy.

 

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INS Mormugao: Key Points

The Kolkata class’s forerunner, the Visakhapatnam class, is an updated variant with better stealth, automation, and ordnance features. Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) is constructing four ships that were created by the Warship Design Bureau (WDB) as part of the Make in India programme.

  • Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited has delivered the second P15B stealth guided-missile destroyer to the Indian Navy. The handover, which took place on Thursday, was a result of a 2011 contract for the navy’s Project 15B to create four ships.
  • Since last year, the Indian Navy has been using INS Visakhapatnam, the project’s first ship.
  • By 2023, two more P15B destroyers with Indian city names are anticipated to enter service.

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INS Mormugao: About 

  • The P15B Mormugao measures 163 metres in length and can carry 7,400 tonnes of cargo when fully loaded.
  • Its top speed is 30 knots, or 55 kilometres per hour (34 miles per hour).
  • The ship is outfitted with indigenous armaments and gear, including 76-millimeter Super Rapid gun systems, BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles, and medium-range surface-to-air missiles.
  • Torpedo tube launchers and anti-submarine rocket launchers made in the country are also included.
  • The P15B destroyers offer better manoeuvrability, stealth, seakeeping, and survivability, according to the Indian Navy.
  • They will have the capacity to fly and transport up to two multipurpose helicopters.
  • The four ships under Project 15B are being developed as part of the “Make in India” effort, which aims to make the nation defense-self-sufficient.

 

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