New Delhi: Indian Navy’s latest indigenous stealth guided missile destroyer, Imphal on Wednesday sucesfully test-fired the Extended Range Brahmos missile, underscoring the force’s unwavering focus on combat readiness, Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative in growing shipbuilding prowess and assured reliability of indigenous weapons and platforms.
Indian Navy PRO Commander Vivek Madhwal said that it has scored a ‘Bulls Eye’ in her maiden Brahmos firing at sea.
Interestingly, it is for the first time that the test-firing took place by a warship before its commissioning.
Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL)-built warship, the Indian Navy received the third Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyer, the “Imphal,” on October 20.
What is Imphal (Yard 12706)?
The Project 15B destroyer program is a continuation of the successful Kolkata-class (Project 15A) destroyers, commissioned over the last decade.
“Imphal” follows in the footsteps of her predecessors, Indian Naval Ships Visakhapatnam and Mormugao, which were commissioned into service in the past two years.
Special features of Imphal
The guided missile destroyer has a displacement of 7,400 tonnes with a length of 164 meters.
Equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, including surface-to-air missiles, anti-ship missiles, and torpedoes, the destroyer is considered to be potent and versatile.
Propelled by a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion system consisting of four gas turbines, “Imphal” is capable of reaching speeds exceeding 30 knots (approximately 56 km/h).