Indian Navy launches guided missile destroyer
The Indian Navy launched the third ship of Project 15B, guided missile destroyer Imphal, at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders' facility in Mumbai on 20 April 2019.
The Project 15B ships are 163m in length, 17.4m at beam and have a displacement of 7,300t. The ships will be propelled by four gas turbines and able to achieve speeds in excess of 30kt. The P15B destroyers’ stealth features have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar transparent deck fittings which make the ships difficult to detect. The vessels will be equipped to carry and operate two multi-role helicopters.
The vessels are equipped with multi-functional surveillance radars and a vertically launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore, sea-based and air targets.
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