In a proud moment for the entire country, the Indian Navy received the INS Imphal, 3rd ship of the Project 15B Class of stealth-guided missile destroyers, from the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) 4 months ahead of schedule.
Imphal has created history by being the first warship of the Indian Navy to be commissioned with accommodation for women naval officers and sailors.
Not only can it easily accommodate a 312-member crew, but it can carry out a 42-day mission with an extended period in an out-of-area operation. It has an LOA of 164 m and a displacement of more than 7500 tonnes, making it one of the biggest destroyers constructed indigenously.
Built using Indian steel, it is quite versatile compared to other destroyers and frigates of the Indian Navy. It is capable of carrying out several missions against enemy subs, fighter aircraft, surface warships and anti-ship missiles. It can function independently without any supporting ships and can also serve as a flagship of a Naval Task Force.
Imphal has supersonic surface-to-surface Brahmos missiles, Barak-8 Medium Range Surface-to-Air missiles and two helicopters. It is also endowed with anti-submarine sensors, weapons, Sonar Humsa NG, torpedo tube launchers and ASW rocket launchers.
Imphal has completed 3 Contractor’s Sea Trials or CSTs and is first among all P15B vessels to be equipped with advanced and upgraded Brahmos missiles capable of long-range and land attacks.
It is powered by a Combined Gas and Gas Propulsion Plant comprising four reversible gas turbines that help her attain a speed of more than 30 knots or 55 km per hour.
It is also endowed with highly automated systems and digital networks, including Gigabyte Ethernet-based Ship Data Network (GESDN) and Combat Management System (CMS).
References: Times of India, The Hindu, Economic Times
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