Tuesday, April 20, 2010

India Launches Frontline ASW Corvette Warship


NEW DELHI — India has launched the first frontline warship for its navy, the Kamorta-class Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette, at the government-owned Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRrSE) in Kolkata, East India.
The ship’s weapon systems  and sensor suites are fully indigenous, according to a spokesman. The “X” form of the hull and superstructure gives it a low radar cross section, and the ship also claims a low level of underwater noise.
The 109-meter (360-ft.) long, 13.7-meter wide ship claims a sprinting speed of 25 knots. The propulsion system comprises two controllable-pitch propellers. It has four indigenously made diesel engines, each reaching 3800 kw. Four ASW Corvettes are under construction.
GRSE builds warships  for the Indian navy and coast guard. It has seven manufacturing units and is the first shipyard in the country to have built hovercraft for the coast guard for coastal patrolling. It is currently modernizing its infrastructure, including a dry dock and an inclined berth, a 250-ton Goliath Crane and modular halls with associated workshop facilities.
- Neelam Mathews (mathews.neelam@gmail.com)

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