Indian Navy to commission indigenously built ASW corvette

INS Kadmatt, the second indigenous stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette  is scheduled to be commissioned at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam on January 7.

The Navy takes pride in the fact that “about 90% of the ship is indigenous.” This complies with the Navy’s objective and motto of ‘Make in India’.

The ship has been designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design and constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata.

According to the Indian Navy, Directorate of Naval Design (DND) is the Navy’s Design Organisation undertaking indigenous design of all surface combatants.

The ship boasts a  rail-less helo traversing system and foldable hangar door for the integral ASW helicopter. The ship’s weapons and sensors suite is also predominantly indigenous.

The Navy said that this second ship of Project 28 has a low radio, acoustic, magnetic and IR signature owing to a ‘X’ shaped hull form, raft mounted engines and an IR suppression system.

With a displacement of 3500 tonnes, the ship spans 109 meters in length and 14 meters at the beam and is propelled by four diesel engines to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots with an endurance of 3450 nautical miles.

The ship is equipped with a 3D Medium Range Air/ Surface Surveillance Radar developed by DRDO and produced by Bharat Electronics.

INS Kadmatt will be manned by 13 officers and 180 sailors with Commander Mahesh Chandra Moudgil at the helm as her first Commanding Officer. Upon commissioning, the ship would be an integral part of the Eastern Fleet under the Eastern Naval Command.

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