November could be a landmark month for the Indian Navy with Commissioning of “INS Visakhapatnam (D66)”, the primary stealth guided missile destroyer ship of the Undertaking 15B within the presence of Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh on 21 Nov 21. INS Visakhapatnam is the lead ship of the Visakhapatnam-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. The Visakhapatnam-class (P-15B), was designed by the Directorate of Naval Design, the Indian Navy’s premier group for designing warships. The P-15B retains a big quantity of its hull design, propulsion techniques, sensors and ordnance from its predecessor, the Kolkata-class (P-15A), to learn from collection manufacturing. The ship bought commissioned on 21 November 2021 on the Naval dockyard in Mumbai by the Defence Minister of India.

The P-15A (Kolkata-class) destroyers and the P-15B (Visakhapatnam-class) destroyers don’t have any main bodily variations, apart from the differing bridge layouts; the bridge of the P-15B destroyers starkly differs to that of the P-15A – they have been designed in such a approach in order to cut back radar cross-section (RCS), and to enhance survivability. Visakhapatnam has been constructed utilizing indigenous metal DMR 249A and is amongst the biggest destroyers constructed in India with an general size of 163m and displacement of over 7400 tons. The ship has a big indigenous content material of approx. 75% contributing in the direction of AtmaNirbhar Bharat. The ship is a potent platform able to enterprise multifarious job and missions spanning the total spectrum of maritime warfare.


Indian Navy commissions the primary indigenous stealth destroyer ‘INS Visakhapatnam’ in Mumbai.

The vessels of the category are outfitted with a OTO Melara 76 mm naval gun. Initially, the Indian Navy had deliberate to equip the vessels of the category with the Mk 45 127 mm naval gun, manufactured by BAE; nevertheless, this plan was reported to have been scrapped, on grounds of economic points. For point-defence, the vessels are outfitted with 4 AK-630M CIWS, with two techniques on both aspect of the superstructure. For anti-air warfare (AAM), the destroyers are outfitted with 32 Barak-8ER SAM (LR-SAM), in 4 8-cell VLS. For anti-surface warfare (ASuW), the destroyers are outfitted with 16 BrahMos anti-ship missiles (AShM) (additionally used as land-attack missiles (LAM)), enclosed in two 8-cell VLS on the bow.

For anti-submarine warfare (ASW), every destroyer is supplied with two twin-torpedo launchers, presumably for the Varunastra heavyweight-torpedo, developed by the DRDO. The destroyers are additionally outfitted with two RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers, primarily for firing ASW rockets Reportedly, the Nirbhay cruise missile and the VL-SRSAM surface-to-air missile have been purported to be future additions to the destroyers. Every destroyer is supplied with a helicopter hangar to accommodate two medium-sized helicopters – primarily the HAL Dhruv, or the Westland Sea King Mk. 42B; the ships are outfitted with a “rail-less” helicopter traversing system, meant for securing the helicopter, in case of hostile climate situations at sea.

Indian Navy Stealth Guided-missile Destroyer INS Visakhapatnam (D66)
Indian Navy Stealth Guided-missile Destroyer INS Visakhapatnam (D66)