Project 15B – UPSC Prelims

Project 15B:
  • The project 15B ships are a follow-on of the Kolkata class (Project 15A) destroyers (INS Kolkata, INS Kochi, and INS Chennai).
  • Four Ships are to be developed under this Project.
  • The four ships are:
    • Visakhapatnam
    • Mormugao
    • Imphal
    • Surat.
  • These ships feature enhanced stealth features over the earlier class which make it difficult to detect and also feature significant advances in automation and networking.
  • These ships are propelled by four gas turbines in Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) configuration.
  • Significance:
    • The guided-missile Destroyers are deployed for various responsibilities like escort duties with the Carrier Battle Group to protect the Naval fleet against any air, surface, and underwater threats.
    • These modern warships shall also give an extended Indo-Pacific capability to the Indian Navy against an ever-growing fleet of Chinese submarines.

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