Indian Navy launches fourth Kavaratti ASW corvette

19 May 2015 (Last Updated May 19th, 2015 18:30)

The Indian Navy has launched its latest anti submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, Kavaratti, following a naming ceremony held at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.

The Indian Navy has launched its latest anti submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, Kavaratti, following a naming ceremony held at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.

The new vessel marks the fourth ASW corvette of Project-28. These vessels have been designed by the Directorate of Naval Design.

Constructed with high grade steel (DMR 249A) produced indigenously, the new 109.1m-long and 13.7m-wide vessel has a displacement of 3,300t.

Powered by four diesel engines, the vessel will be capable of cruising at a speed of 25kn, with an endurance of more than 3,000nm.

The latest corvette will be equipped with a range of weapons and sensors, including a medium range gun torpedo tube launchers, as well as rocket launchers, close-in weapon system and chaff system.

Features of the Project-28 vessels include rail-less helo traversing system, foldable hangar door, personnel locator system, and carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) superstructure that is integrated with the steel hull in the third and fourth ships of the class.

"Powered by four diesel engines, the vessel will be capable of cruising at a speed of 25kn, with an endurance of more than 3,000nm."

These vessels also contain a raft-mounted gear box, and diesel engines that offer low radiated underwater noise.

In addition, it features total atmospheric control system (TACS) and an integrated platform management system (IPMS) that comprises integrated bridge system, as well as battle damage control system.

With the new design concepts, the vessels will offer better survivability, sea keeping, stealth and manoeuvrability.

The vessels in this series have a capacity to carry, and operate, one multiple-role helicopter.

In April this year, the Indian Navy launched its latest Kolkata-class destroyer, INS Visakhapatnam, at the Mazagon Dock in Mumbai, India.

The 163m-long vessel, which will have a displacement of 7,300t, will be equipped with the Israeli multi function surveillance threat alert radar (MF-STAR).