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INS Imphal

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • The INS Imphal is the third in the series of Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyers commissioned into the Indian Navy.
  • Part of the Visakhapatnam class, these destroyers are known for their advanced capabilities and cutting-edge technology.

More about the news

  • The ship was designed and constructed by the Warship Design Bureau, an in-house organization of the Indian Navy, showcasing the nation’s prowess in naval architecture.
  • It incorporates state-of-the-art stealth technology, enhancing its survivability by minimizing its radar cross-section and making it less susceptible to detection by enemy forces.
  • A notable aspect of INS Imphal is that it is the first warship named after a city in the Northeastern region, specifically the city of Imphal. This naming tradition adds a regional and cultural significance to the vessel.
  • With an indigenous content of approximately 75 percent, INS Imphal represents a significant stride in India’s efforts toward self-reliance in defence production.
  • The armament includes advanced weaponry such as BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles, medium-range surface-to-air missiles, indigenous anti-submarine rocket launchers, and a 76mm super rapid gun mount, showcasing its versatility and firepower.
  • The destroyer is designed to operate effectively under Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions, highlighting its strategic importance in various combat scenarios.
  • High levels of automation contribute to operational efficiency, and the incorporation of stealth features enhances its ability to operate discreetly, avoiding detection by adversaries.
  • INS Imphal is capable of attaining speeds exceeding 30 knots (56 km/hour), showcasing its agility and swift response capabilities during naval operations.


Project 15B

·       Project 15B represents the next generation of stealth guided-missile destroyers for the Indian Navy.

·       These destroyers are being constructed at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and are considered follow-on classes to the P15A (Kolkata Class) Destroyers.

·       The four ships in the project are named after major cities from all four corners of the country: Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal, and Surat, symbolizing the diverse representation and strategic importance of these regions in India’s naval capabilities.

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