INS Androth

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The INS Androth, the second in a series of eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft (ASW SWC), was launched recently.

About INS Androth:It is an Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft (ASW SWC).

  • It is built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata for the Indian Navy.
  • Primary Role: To conduct anti-submarine operations in coastal waters, low-intensity maritime operations, and mine-laying operations. 
  • It is also capable of full-scale sub-surface surveillance of coastal waters and various surface platforms and coordinated ASW operations with aircraft.
  • Features:
    • It is about 77.6 meters long and 10.5 meters wide and requires a draught of only 2.7 meters.
    • It is propelled by three diesel-driven water jets.
    • It can attain a maximum speed of 25 knots.
    • It carries lightweight torpedoes, ASW rockets and mines, a close-in weapon system (with a 30 mm gun), and 16.7 mm stabilized remote-controlled guns.
    • It will be fitted with hull-mounted sonar and a low-frequency variable depth sonar.


Q1) What is meant by Anti-Submarine Warfare?

Anti-submarine warfare includes a wide range of activities from placing and monitoring passive sensors on the sea floor to actively hunting and, if necessary, destroying enemy submarines with teams of submarines, surface ships, and aircraft.

Source: Anti-submarine craft INS Androth launched