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Updated: September 17, 2009 18:59 IST

Navy to launch stealth destroyer tomorrow

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File photo of the launch of the INS Kolkata at the Mazagon Dock in Mumbai in 2006. India's latest stealth desroyer, INS Kochi, buildt by Mazagon Dock, is scheduled to be launched on September 18. Photo: Vivek Bendre
The Hindu File photo of the launch of the INS Kolkata at the Mazagon Dock in Mumbai in 2006. India's latest stealth desroyer, INS Kochi, buildt by Mazagon Dock, is scheduled to be launched on September 18. Photo: Vivek Bendre

INS Kochi has advanced stealth features that make it less vulnerable to detection by enemy radar. Its weapons system include the nuclear capable supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface missile and Long Range Surface-to-Air missiles

The Indian Navy is scheduled to launch a stealth destroyer capable of carrying nuclear warheads here on Friday.

The 6,500-tonne warship INS Kochi was indigenously built by Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Ltd and designed by the Directorate of Naval Design. It will add to the existing Delhi class fleet comprising INS Delhi, INS Mysore and INS Mumbai, according to a press release.

In keeping with the tradition, the warship will be launched by Madhulika Verma, the wife of Naval chief Admiral Nirmal Verma.

INS Kochi has advanced stealth features that make it less vulnerable to detection by enemy radar. Its weapons system include the nuclear capable supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface missile and Long Range Surface-to-Air missiles, the release said.

It also has Multi-Function Radar System for acquiring data on surface and air targets. The ship will also be fitted with indigenously built twin-tube torpedo launchers and anti-submarine rocket launchers. The maximum speed of the ship is above 30 knots, the release said.

The destroyer will be launched using the pontoon-assisted launch technique, to be employed for the first time in the history of indigenous warship building.

This technique helps in overcoming slipway constraints and permits launching of heavier vessels.

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