Indian Navy takes delivery of first Project 15B stealth destroyer

INS Visakhapatnam, the Indian Navy's first Project 15B stealth destroyer (Photo: Indian Navy)

The Indian Navy has taken delivery of the first stealth guided missile destroyer to be built under Project 15B, also known as the Visakhapatnam-class.

The future INS Visakhapatnam was built by state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL) as the first of a planned four ships that are improved variants of the Project 15A or Kolkata-class destroyers.

The new destroyer has a length of 163 metres, a full load displacement of 7,400 tonnes, and a maximum speed of 30 knots. Armament includes surface-to-air missiles, surface-to-surface missiles, anti-submarine rockets, torpedoes, and a 76-millimetre rapid fire gun.

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