Giving a huge boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative in the defence sector, the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) is all set to launch the ‘Mormugao’, for the first time on September 17, 2016, at Mumbai’s Mazgaon Docks.
According to the Navy, “These ships are among the most technologically advanced guided missile destroyers in the world, with state-of-the-art weapons/sensors package, advanced stealth features and a high degree of automation”. The second of a class of Project 15-B destroyers – the ‘Mormugao’ is a guided-missile destroyer, a kind of warship that can launch missiles whose trajectories can be modified during the flight to attack mobile targets. It will also be more furtive than its predecessor in the 15B series of destroyers.
Compared to the Navy’s Project 15-A destroyers, which are now entering service, the Project 15B ships will be less detectable by radar, use radar absorbent paint during its construction and its propellers will be more silent to make detection by enemy submarines and warships more difficult.
Named after the Goan port of Mormugao, the ship weighs 7,300 tonnes, spans 163 metres in length and is powered by 4 Ukrainian gas turbine engines to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots, approximately 56 km per hour.
The key sensor of the Mormugao will be its Israeli-designed Multi-Function Surveillance Threat Alert Radar (MF-STAR), designed to track targets in the air hundreds of kilometres away. It has Barak-8 Long-Range Surface to Air missiles (LR-SAM), which have been jointly developed by Israel and India, adding more teeth to the Indian Navy. Once a lock-on is achieved, the MF-STAR can direct several missiles to intercept the targets. The LR-SAM is a joint venture between India and Israel and is considered among the most sophisticated missiles of its class in the world being designed to intercept enemy aircraft and supersonic missiles more than 70 km away.
The Mormugao is also armed with the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which can hit targets at land and at sea 300 km away.
All key systems are integrated onboard the ship through a Ship Data Network, a Combat Management System, an Automated Power Management System among a host of computer controlled systems, which monitor every parameter of the ship’s operations.
The Project 15B destroyers are designed to operate 4,000 nautical miles at sea. Post launch the ship will be fitted out and inducted into the Navy two years later. MDL has stated that the ship building project has been completed ahead of schedule.
Implementing the objective of ‘Make in India’, the Navy is aiming for a 68% indigenisation target for the Project 15-B class. The other components are being imported and integrated by Mazgaon Docks Limited. Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders has been supplying the Navy with warships at the rate of one a year since 2010. INS vessels Shivalik, Satpura, Sahyadri, Kolkata, Kochi and Chennai have all been delivered
Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders has been supplying the Navy with warships at the rate of one a year since 2010. INS vessels Shivalik, Satpura, Sahyadri, Kolkata, Kochi and Chennai have all been delivered.
MDL is constructing four follow-on destroyers to the Kolkata class of guided missile destroyers under Project 15B. The first ship in this class Visakhapatnam was launched in April 2015, “For the first time in its history, Mazagon Dock in 2015-16 achieved a VOP (Value of Production) above Rs 4,000 crore with an operating profit of Rs 218 crore”, stated in a release by the Ministry of Defence.
MDL is also constructing the six Scorpene-class submarines for the Indian Navy under a transfer of technology from France’s DCNS. Kalvari, which is the first Scorpene-class submarine, will be inducted into the Indian Navy in a few months. The second submarine is slated for launch later this year. The yard is now ready with the improved facility created recently for second line of submarines, said MDL.In terms of futuristic stealth frigates, P17A is currently in progress with. Work on this will commence in early 2017. This will be the first time MDL will be using the integrated construction methodology by leveraging the new infrastructure in the yard. This will be a paradigm shift in the way ships will be built in India in the years to come.
In terms of futuristic stealth frigates, P17A is currently in progress with. Work on this will commence in early 2017. This will be the first time MDL will be using the integrated construction methodology by leveraging the new infrastructure in the yard. This will be a paradigm shift in the way ships will be built in India in the years to come.