Stealth Guided Missile Destroyer INS Imphal Commissioned

  • A Project 15B stealth-guided missile destroyer.
  • Commissioned into the Indian Navy in the presence of Raksha Mantri Mr Rajnath Singh.
  • Ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai
  • Designed by the Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau
  • Constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), Mumbai.

About The Ship:

  • Measures 163m in length and 17m in breadth
  • Displacement of 7,400 tonnes
  • Propelled by four powerful Gas Turbines, in a Combined Gas & Gas configuration
  • Capable of speeds more than 30 knots
  • Brahmos missile is installed by Brahmos Aerospace
  • Torpedo tube launchers are installed by Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
  • Rapid Gun Mount has been installed by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
  • Medium Range missiles by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)
  • First warship to be named after a city in the Northeast
  • Its keel was laid on 19 May 2017
  • Ship was launched on 20 April 2019
  • Completed the first-ever test-firing of an extended-range Brahmos missile before its commissioning
  • Total complement of about 315 personnel
  • Commanded by Captain KK Choudhury, a Gunnery and Missiles specialist.
  • Has enhanced stealth features resulting in a reduced Radar Cross Section, achieved through efficient shaping of the hull, full beam superstructure design, plated masts and use of radar transparent material on exposed decks.
  • Armed with sophisticated state-of-the-art weapons and sensors: Surface-to-Surface Missiles, Surface-to-Air Missiles, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) rocket launchers & Torpedo launchers, ASW helicopters, radars, sonar and Electronic Warfare systems.
  • It is equipped to fight under Nuclear, Biological and Chemical warfare conditions.
  • The indigenous equipment/systems include Combat Management System, Rocket Launcher, Torpedo Launcher, Integrated Platform Management System, Automated Power Management System, Foldable Hangar Doors, Helo Traversing system, Close-in Weapon System, and the Bow-mounted SONAR.
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