The Indian Navy successfully carried out an engagement of a sea-skimming supersonic target using its latest indigenous guided missile destroyer INS Mormugao.
About INS Mormugao:
- It is an indigenous guided missile destroyer of the Indian Navy.
- It was named after the historic port city of Goa on the West coast. Mormugao coincidentally undertook her first sea sortie on December 19, 2021, when Goa celebrated 60 years of liberation from Portuguese rule.
- It measures 163 m in length, and 17 m in breadth.
- Displacement: 7,400 tonnes
- The ship is propelled by four powerful Gas Turbines, in a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) configuration.
- It is capable of achieving speeds in excess of 30 knots.
- The ship has enhanced stealth features resulting in a reduced Radar Cross Section (RCS).
- The ship is fitted with a modern Surveillance Radar which provides target data to the gunnery weapon systems of the ship.
- It is packed with sofisticated weapons and sensors such as Surface to Surface Missile and Surface to Air Missiles.
- Its Anti-Submarine Warfare capabilities are provided by the indigenously-developed Rocket Launchers, Torpedo Launchers and the ASW helicopters.
- It is equipped to fight under nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.
Q1) What is a guided missile destroyer?
Destroyers provide multi-mission capabilities, operating independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups and replenishment groups. Guided missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants, capable of engaging targets on, above and below the surface.