The Indian Navy welcomed INS Kochi, the second ship of the Kolkata-class Guided Missile Destroyer, in its contingent on September 30. Here’s a look at all its features.
The INS Kochi weighs over 7500 tonnes, spanning over 164 meters in length and 17 meters at the bean. It is propelled by four gas turbines and designed to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship is loaded with long-range BrahMos surface-to-surface missile.
The ship is one of the few warships of the world and the second in the Indian Navy to have Multi-Function Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar to provide target data to Long Range Surface to Air Missile system.
The ship incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping and manoeuvrability. It has been assigned a crew of about 40 officers and 350 sailors. It is equipped to operate two Sea King or Chetak helicopters.
It has 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) and AK 630 Close In Weapon System (CIWS) designed to take on air and surface targets. The ship’s anti-submarine arsenal consists of Indigenous Rocket Launchers (IRL), Indigenous Twin-tube Torpedo Launchers (ITTL) and bow-mounted new generation HUMSA Sonar Dome.
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