The Indian Navy is set to commission an indigenously developed P15B stealth guided-missile destroyer ship on November 21 at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, in the presence of the Defence Minister, in a big boost to maritime strength. The destroyer Visakhapatnam was developed by the Directorate of Naval Design, an in-house organization of the Indian Navy, and constructed by Mazagon Dock Limited.
They are preparing for the commissioning of the INS Visakhapatnam on November 21 (Sunday). Today, our indigenous content is at an all-time high. Researchers will continue with a few more trials after commissioning and will be one with the fleet, as per Captain, Commanding Officer (designate) of INS Visakhapatnam. Captain Bains also revealed that onboard machinery and other technological components of the ship have been enhanced to make it more effective and stealthy. Our onboard equipment, auxiliaries, weapon systems, and sensors have all been enhanced, and our weapons and torpedoes have been fired.
The Visakhapatnam-class destroyer is also known as Project 15B warships. The Project 15B warships, commonly known as the Visakhapatnam-class destroyers, are a follow-on to the Kolkata-class destroyers (Project 15A). As per statistics from the Defense Ministry, Project 15B has roughly 75% indigenous content. Each 163m-long Project 15B ship has modern technology and is designed to sail at a maximum speed of 30k with a full load displacement of 7,400t.
As per the Ministry of Defense, the destroyers will be armed with indigenous weapons such as BEL’s medium-range surface-to-air missiles, BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles, and Larsen & Toubro’s indigenous torpedo tube launchers and anti-submarine indigenous rocket launchers.