What is INS Beas?

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The defence ministry recently signed a ₹ 313 crore contract with the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) for mid-life "upgrade and re-powering" of frontline frigate INS Beas.

Why in News?

  • It is the first of Brahmaputra Class Frigate to be re-powered from steam to diesel propulsion.
  • After completion of Mid Life Upgrade and Re-Powering in 2026, INS Beas will join the active fleet of the Indian Navy, with a modernised weapon suite and upgraded combat capability.

About INS Beas

  • INS Beas (F37) is a Brahmaputra-class frigate of the Indian Navy.
  • It was built at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.
  • It was commissioned on 11th July, 2005.
  • It is the second ship in the Indian Navy to bear the name. The first was a Leopard-class frigate commissioned in 1960 and scrapped in 1992.
  • Role: It is a versatile warship capable of a range of missions, including anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, and anti-ship warfare. It is also used for patrolling, surveillance, and providing security to India's maritime interests.
  • Features:
    • The design and construction of the ship are entirely Indian and is a modification of the Godavari-class frigate.
    • It has a displacement of about 3,850 tons.
    • The ship has a length of 126 meters (413 feet) and a beam width of 14.5 meters (48 feet).
    • Propulsion: 2 steam turbines
    • It is capable of reaching speeds of over 30 knots, making it swift and agile in naval operations.
    • It is fitted with an array of modern sensor suites and matching weapon systems.

Q1) What is a Frigate?

A frigate is a type of warship that is typically smaller and faster than a full-fledged battleship or cruiser but larger and more heavily armed than a corvette or patrol vessel. Frigates are designed for a variety of naval tasks and are often used for escort duties, anti-submarine warfare, anti-aircraft defense, and general-purpose naval operations

Source: Defence Ministry Seals ₹ 313 Crore Deal For Upgrade Of Warship INS Beas