The Indian Navy is set to commission the first domestically built INS Kamorta stealth anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, on 23 August.
Built by Garden Reach Shipyard (GRSE) under project 28, the new vessel is the first of four ASW stealth corvettes designed by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND), which is the Indian Navy's domestic organisation.
Construction started on 1 March 2006 and the vessel was launched on 19 April 2010. Maiden sea trials followed in June 2013, before it was handed over to the Indian Navy on 12 July.
With a displacement of approximately 3500t, the 110m-long vessel is powered by two diesel engines that allow it to cruise at a maximum speed of 25k, with an endurance of around 3500nm.
The stealth features incorporate the 'X' form of the hull and full beam superstructure and inclined ship-sides, while the use of infrared signature suppression (IRSS) makes her less vulnerable to detection.
Furthermore, INS Kamorta is equipped with advanced weapon systems, including heavyweight torpedoes, ASW rockets, a medium-range gun and close-in-weapon system with two multi-barrel guns.
Sensors integrated in the vessel include advanced bow-mounted sonar and the domestic air-surveillance radar Revathi, which can detect targets at more than 200km away. The corvette can also be integrated with short-range surface-to-air missiles (SAM) and the active-towed array decoy system (ATDS).
Manned by a crew of 13 officers and 173 sailors, it can also carry an integral ASW helicopter.
Upon being commissioned, the ship will become an integral element of the Eastern Fleet under the Eastern Naval Command.
Image: The INS Kamorta corvette during her sea trials. Photo: courtesy of the Indian Navy.