Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane will on Thursday commission anti-submarine warfare (ASW) ship INS Kavaratti into the Indian Navy at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam. Named after one of the islands in the Lakshadweep, INS Kavaratti uses a state-of-the-art indigenously-developed surveillance radar system to engage enemy submarines with a range of torpedoes and rockets.
As a combat-ready platform modelled of the Russian-made Arnala vessel, INS Kavaratti spans 110 meters in length, and 14 meters in breadth, with a displacement of 3,500 tonnes.
Fitted with four diesel engines, it can, reportedly, achieve top speeds in excess of 25 knots. The ship is loaded with anti-submarine torpedoes and rockets along with medium and close-range weapon systems that work of the indigenously designed ‘Revathi’ surveillance radar. It can also carry an ASW helicopter.
With sound defence capabilities, the corvette can travel over 3,400 nautical miles. Its crew is expected to be made up of 17 officers and over a hundred sailors.
Ahead of the ship’s commissioning, Indian Navy, in a statement, said the warship portrays the growing capability of the force.
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