India to commission new indigenous INS Kamorta ASW corvette

26 June 2014 (Last Updated June 26th, 2014 18:30)

The Indian Navy is set to commission its first domestically built anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette INS Kamorta at Vishakhapatnam in July.

The Indian Navy is set to commission its first domestically built anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette INS Kamorta at Vishakhapatnam in July.

Constructed by Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, the yet-to-be-commissioned vessel, which is the first of four, will be the first to integrate a native rocket launcher for anti-submarine warfare.

"The 109m-long sophisticated frontline warship, which has stealth features, will be the first to use the new Kavach trainable chaff launcher."

Powered by four indigenously designed 3888kW diesel engines at 1050rpm, the vessel offers an approximate displacement of 3,400t, with a maximum cruise speed of 25k and a 3,500nm range at 18k.

Capable of accommodating a crew of 123, including 17 officers and 106 sailors, the vessel's stern landing deck can also support the deployment of a single helicopter, boosting its anti-submarine warfare potential.

The 109m-long sophisticated frontline warship, which has stealth features, will be the first to use the new Kavach trainable chaff launcher.

Further features include a rail-less helo traversing system and foldable hangar door, in addition to bow-mounted sound navigation and ranging sonar for improved underwater surveillance.

A Revathi surveillance radar that assists in carrying out surface and air surveillance will also be available.

In addition, Wartsila's four diesel generators and Kirloskar Engines offer complete shipboard power, with the engine delivered by the licensee of SEMT PIELSTICK of France and raft-mounted gearboxes delivered by European ship builder DCNS.

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