What is INS Chennai?

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The Indian Navy recently said that it has responded to a hijacking attempt on vessel MV Lila Norfolk by engaging its mission-deployed platforms, including its maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) P8I and INS Chennai.

About INS Chennai

  • It is the Indian Navy’s indigenously designed and constructed guided missile destroyer.
  • It is the third and last ship of the Kolkata-class stealth-guided missile destroyers (Project 15A).
  • It was constructed by the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) at Mumbai.
  • It was commissioned into the Indian Navy on November 21, 2016.
  • Features:
    • It measures 163 meters in length and has a beam of 17.4 meters.
    • Displacement: Over 7,500 tons.
    • Top Speed: 30 knots (approx. 55 KM/hour)
    • It is powered by four reversible gas turbine engines.
    • It can carry 350 to 400 people.
    • Armament: It is armed with Vertical launch and long-range surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile systems like supersonic BrahMos, ‘Barak-8’ Long Range Surface to Air missiles.
    • The ship is equipped to fight under nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.
    • It is fitted with a modern Surveillance Radar, which provides target data to the gunnery weapon systems of the ship.
    • The ship’s Anti-Submarine Warfare capabilities are provided by the indigenously developed Rocket Launchers and Torpedo Launchers.

Q1) What is a P-8I aircraft?

P-8I is a long-range, multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft being manufactured by Boeing for the Indian Navy. It replaced the aging fleet of the Indian Navy’s Tupolev Tu-142 aircraft.

Source: 15 Indians among crew freed after Navy commandos board ship hijacked in Arabian Sea