Four years after its Mumbai launch, the Indian Navy is gearing up to commission the guided missile destroyer, INS Imphal, in December. A testament to the Navy’s commitment to ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India,’ the ship, designed in-house by the Navy’s Warship Design Bureau and constructed by Mazagon Dock Ltd. (MDL), incorporates cutting-edge technologies and boasts a high level of indigenous content.
INS IMPHAL; A SYMBOL OF REGIONAL SIGNIFICANCE
Imphal, named after a city in the North-East, stands as a significant symbol of the region’s growing importance and contribution to national security. The vessel’s commissioning is a nod to the North-Eastern region and the state of Manipur’s role in the country’s development.
INS IMPHAL; ENHANCING NAVAL CAPABILITIES
The commissioning of Imphal will substantially boost the Indian Navy’s combat capabilities. Following the recent commissioning of INS Mormugao and INS Vagir, Imphal’s sea trials mark another milestone in MDL’s efforts towards building a robust and self-reliant India.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
Imphal, the largest destroyer named after a North-Eastern city, accommodates a crew of 312 and boasts an impressive endurance of 4000 nautical miles. Equipped with a combined gas and gas propulsion plant, the vessel can achieve speeds exceeding 30 knots. It has the capacity to carry two helicopters.
FIREPOWER AND DEFENSE CAPABILITIES
Armed with supersonic surface-to-surface ‘Brahmos’ missiles and ‘Barak-8’ Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles (MRSAM), Imphal is a formidable force. Its undersea warfare capabilities include indigenously developed anti-submarine weapons, hull-mounted sonar (Humsa NG), heavy-weight torpedo tube launchers, and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) rocket launchers.
CUTTING-EDGE BRAHMOS MISSILE AND SUCCESSFUL TRIALS
Imphal takes the lead among Visakhapatnam-class destroyers with an upgraded Brahmos missile, showcasing dual-role capability for long-range and land attack. During pre-commissioning trials, the vessel demonstrated its prowess with the successful firing of an extended-range Brahmos missile on November 22.
Imphal, with its advanced capabilities and technological innovations, stands as a testament to India’s maritime prowess and commitment to self-reliance in defence.