India launches 'world-class' stealth guided missile destroyer Mormugao

The warship sailed into the Arabian Sea waters on Saturday. (Image source: Spokesperson of the Indian Navy) Photograph:( Twitter )

Mumbai, India Sep 17, 2016, 10.28 AM (IST)
India unveiled its latest instalment of modern warship named 'Mormugao' in Mumbai on Saturday.

The 60 per cent indigenised-warship, which is equipped with range of hi-tech missiles, is the second ship of Project 15B. Visakhapatnam was the first such destroyer to be launched by India in April 2015.

Mormugao is a destroyer designed to launch precision-guided missiles.

Project 15B is a class of stealth guided missile destroyers which feature better stealth characterisitics and accommodate Barak 8 surface-to-air missile. The Barak 8 enables India to defend itself from any type of airborne threat such as aircraft, anti-ship missiles and helicopters.

The warship also incorporates anti-submarine rocket launchers and surface-to-surface missiles.

The latest warship, which weighs 7,300 tonne and is 163.2 metres long, has been named after Mormugao port in Goa, the home state of Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar.

Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said the new warship could be compared with the best in the world.

Two other Project 15B destroyers will get launched any time between 2022 and 2024. Paradip is expected to be launched in 2022 and Porbandar is expected to be rolled out two years after that.

In 2011, the government had sanctioned the four ships at a cost of Rs 29,700 crores (roughly $44 billion). 

Vice Admiral G S Pabby, Controller Warship Production and Acquisition, said the navy is aiming to add 212 ships in its fleet by 2027.

(WION with inputs from agencies)