Yard 12706 (IMPHAL)

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Recently, the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered the Third Stealth Destroyer of Project 15B Class Guided Missile Destroyer i.e. Yard 12706 (IMPHAL) to the Indian Navy.

About Yard 12706 (IMPHAL)

  • The ship is constructed using Indigenous Steel DMR 249A and is amongst the largest Destroyers constructed in India, with an overall length of 164 meters and a displacement of over 7500 Tons.
  • The ship is propelled by a powerful Combined Gas and Gas Propulsion Plant (COGAG), consisting of four reversible Gas Turbines, which enables her to achieve a speed of over 30 knots (approx 55 Kmph).
  • The ship is a potent platform capable of undertaking a variety of tasks and missions, spanning the full spectrum of maritime warfare.
    • It is armed with supersonic Surface-to-Surface ‘Brahmos’ missiles and ‘Barak-8’ Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles.
    • Towards undersea warfare capability the Destroyer is fitted with indigenously developed anti-submarine weapons and sensors, prominently the Hull mounted Sonar Humsa NG, Heavy weight Torpedo Tube Launchers and ASW Rocket Launchers.
  • It is more versatile than the previous classes of Destroyer and Frigates in Naval inventory.
  • It has all-round capability against enemy submarines, surface warships, anti-ship missiles and fighter aircraft will enable it to operate independently without supporting vessels, and also to function as the flagship of a Naval task force.

Key points about Project 15B

  • Project 15B (P15B) / Visakhapatnam-class is the latest destroyer design currently under construction for the Indian Navy.
  • These ships have been designed indigenously by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design, New Delhi.
  • Each ship spans 163 meters in length and 17.4 meters in beam and displaces 7,300 tonnes.
  • These ships will be propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speed in excess of 30 knots.
  • According to the Indian Navy, the P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, seakeeping, stealth, and maneuverability.

Q1) What is BrahMos?

It refers to a specific type of supersonic cruise missile developed by India. It is a joint venture between India and Russia, with the name "BrahMos" being a portmanteau of the Brahmaputra River in India and the Moskva River in Russia.

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