The Indian Navy has commissioned the newest Kamorta-class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette, INS Kiltan (P30), during a ceremony at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam.

INS Kiltan is the third of four ASW corvettes being indigenously built for the Indian Navy under Project 28.

The 109m-long vessel has been designed by the navy’s in-house organisation, the Directorate of Naval Design, and was constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, India.

INS Kiltan was originally launched on 26 March 2013, while its keel was laid on 10 August 2010.

The vessel has received its name from the old Petya-class ASW, INS Kiltan (P79), which served the navy for 18 years before being decommissioned in June 1987.

“The vessel has received its name from the old Petya-class ASW, INS Kiltan (P79), which served the navy for 18 years before being decommissioned in June 1987.”

The new vessel the Indian Navy’s first major warship to feature a superstructure entirely made up of composite material.

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It is equipped with an integral ASW-capable helicopter, in addition to other array of weapons such as heavy weight torpedoes, ASW rockets, 76mm-calibre medium-range guns and two multi-barrel 30mm guns as a close-in-weapon system (CIWS) with fire control systems.

In addition, the corvette features domestically developed missile decoy rockets (Chaff) and advanced electronic support measure (ESM) systems, which can be used to detect and map enemy transmissions and direction-finder equipment.

INS Kiltan is also fitted with advanced combat management and integrated platform management systems.

The new vessel features a breadth of 14m and a displacement of 3,300t. It is expected to help improve the mobility, reach and flexibility of the Indian Navy.