Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Reena Lanba President of Navy wives welfare association on Saturday launched stealth guided missile destroyer INS Imphal in a ceremony held at Mazagon docks shipbuilders, Mumbai. INS Imphal is a stealth guided missile destroyer and it will be the largest destroyers to be operated by Indian Navy.
Under Project 15B total of four ships are to be developed which includes INS Visakhapatnam, INS Mormugao, INS Imphal and INS Porbandar. The cost incurred for manufacturing these four destroyers is Rs 29340 crore. INS Imphal is third ship developed under Project 15B. The first two ships which were developed under Project 15B are INS Visakhapatnam and INS Mormugao. INS Porbandar is still under construction.
About INS Imphal
- INS Imphal is designed by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval design.
- INS Imphal is 163 meters in length, 17.4 meters beam and displaces 7300 tonnes.
- INS Imphal can carry Nirbhay land attack cruise missile, supersonic Brahmos missile and Barak 8 surface to air missile.
- INS Imphal is equipped with Thales LW-08 long range volume search Radar.
- INS Imphal features Twin tube torpedo launchers and RBU-6000 smerch-2 rocket launchers which will provide anti submarin warfare capability.
- INS Imphal has a maximum speed of over 30 knots.