Kiltan, the Indian Navy’s third anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, designed under Project-28 (P-28) by the Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design, was launched in Kolkata on Tuesday, March 26, the Hindu writes.
The launching ceremony was attended by numerous dignitaries, including GRSE, Rear Admiral (Retd) A K Verma, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral DK Joshi, Chairman and Managing Director, along with some other representatives of Armed Forces, Indian Ministry of Defence and West Bengal administration.
The 3000 ton Kamorta class corvette is constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) and it is capable of developing a speed of 25k. Designed to boost Indian Navy’s underwater warfare abilities, the 2,500t P-28 ASW corvette features a low-signature of radiated underwater noise and can operate under nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) environment. In addition to a bow mounted sonar and capability to deploy a helicopter, the Kiltan is outfitted with Integrated Platform Management System for control and coordination of the propulsion, auxiliary and power generation equipment.
In the next stage, the warship will be fitted with indigenous weapons and sensors, such as a medium range gun, torpedo tube launchers, rocket launchers and close-in weapon system.
Naval Today Staff, March 28, 2013