New Delhi: Defence minister Rajnath Singh will commission Imphal, the third amongst the four Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyers to Indian Navy on December 26.
INS Imphal has been designed by the Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau and built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), Mumbai which delivered it to the Indian Navy on October 20 this year.
It is a guided missile destroyer with a displacement of 7,400 tons and overall length of 164 meters, Imphal is a potent and versatile platform equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, including surface-to-air missiles, anti-ship missiles and torpedoes.
Powered by Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion, the ship is capable of achieving speeds in excess of 30 knots.
The INS Imphal is equipped with around 75 per cent of indigenously made parts which include following:
The INS Imphal’s keel was laid on May 19, 2017 and it was launched into waters on April 20, 2019. The ship set out on a maiden sea trial on April 28, 2023, and has undergone a comprehensive schedule of trials in harbour and at sea, leading up to its delivery on October 20, 2023 within a record time-frame of six months.