Indian Navy Launches Destroyer INS Kochi

17 September 2009 (Last Updated September 17th, 2009 18:30)

The Indian Navy has launched indigenously designed guided missile stealth destroyer INS Kochi, which will help to enhance the navy's maritime capabilities and security. The 163m-long destroyer is equipped with the state-of-the-art weapon systems that include the supersonic BrahMos surfa

The Indian Navy has launched indigenously designed guided missile stealth destroyer INS Kochi, which will help to enhance the navy's maritime capabilities and security.

The 163m-long destroyer is equipped with the state-of-the-art weapon systems that include the supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface missile, the LRSAM long-range surface-to-air missiles and the MFStar multifunction radar system.

The ship will also be equipped with four AK-630 rapid-fire guns and a medium-range gun that will enhance the ship's close-range defence capability.

The 6,500t INS Kochi can move at a maximum speed of 30kt and is the second of three project 15-A Kolkata Class stealth destroyers being built by Mumbai shipyard Mazagon Docks and indigenously designed by the Directorate of Naval Design.