‘Navy’s plan for a 170-ship force on course’

What is the News?

The Indian Navy will be commissioning the class stealth-guided missile destroyer “Visakhapatnam” and the fourth Scorpene Class Submarine “Vela”.

Visakhapatnam and its Key Features

Visakhapatnam is the name of the first stealth guided-missile destroyer ship under Project 15B.

Built by: The ship has been designed by the Directorate of Naval Design and built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai.

Purpose: The ship is a potent platform capable of undertaking multifarious tasks and missions spanning the full spectrum of maritime warfare. 

– it has been constructed using indigenous steel DMR 249A and is amongst the largest destroyers constructed in India.

it includes many major indigenous weapons such as Medium Range Surface to Air Missile Systems, Brahmos Missile amongst others.

it has the latest stealth mechanisms built within and also uses sophisticated radar systems to detect attackers and provide live target locations to the ship’s gunner. 

it also has the capability of embarking two integrated helicopters to further extend its reach.

Read More: About INS Vela

What is Indian Navy’s current ship capability?

Indian Navy currently has 130 ships. It had earlier planned to achieve 200 ships which was revised to 170 ships by 2027. 

The timeline is now being revised as the Navy is revising its Maritime Capability Perspective Plan (MCPP).

The MCPP lays down the plans for force development and modernisation over three plan periods from 2005-22. It is being revised and will be in line with the 10-year Integrated Capability Development Plan (ICDP) by the Department of Military Affairs.

Source: This post is based on the article “Navy’s plan for a 170-ship force on course” published by The Hindu on 16th November 2021.

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