Mumbai/Guwahati, April 21, 2019
The Indian Navy has launched the guided missile destroyer ‘Imphal’ at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, Mumbai on April 20th 2019.
‘Imphal’, is the third ship under Project 15B, marking a significant milestone for the indigenous warship design. The vessel with its launch weight of 3,037 tonnes was slipped into the water on April 20th, 2019 with fanfare.
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) April 20, 2019
Launching the project, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said, “The synergic partnership of MDL, Indian Navy, DRDO, OFB, BEL, other public sector enterprises and the private industry is ensuring that force levels are made available to meet India’s national strategic objectives.”
He further congratulated the team involved in the building of the ship and said that the team by designing state-of-art vessels, has been contributing towards achieving the Navy’s dream of transforming from a “buyers” to a “builders” Navy.
It may be mentioned that 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.
In comparison to the technology and design, the vessels are comparable to the world class ships across the globe. Each ship spans 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam and displaces 7,300 tonnes. The first ship of Project 15B, a guided missile destroyer christened INS Visakhapatnam, was launched on April 20th, 2015.
The P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping stealth and manoeuvrability.