INS Kochi is the second ship of the Kolkata-class (Project 15A) Guided Missile Destroyers. Although conceived as follow-on of the earlier Delhi class, the ship is vastly superior and has major advancements in weapons and sensors.
 
Here are some highlights of 'INS Kochi'.
 
1. This project started on October 25, 2005.

2. Following the tradition of Indian Navy, INS Kochi was launched by Madhulika Verma, wife of  the then Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma.

3. The warship is designed by the Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design, and constructed by Mazagon Dock Ship builders Ltd. in Mumbai.

 



4. The ship incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, seakeeping and manoeuvrability.

5. It weights 7,500 tonnes. The ship is 164 metres long and 17 metres at the beam.

6. The warship is equipped by four gas-turbines and designed to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.

7.  About 40 officers and 350 sailors will operate the warship. The slogan of INS Kochi is 'Jahi Shatrun Mahabaho' (armed to conquer the enemy)!

8. Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar-transparent deck fittings.

9. It is packed with an array of state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, with a significant indigenous component. The ship includes a vertical launch missile system for long distance engagement of shore and sea-based targets.

10. The ship is loaded with BrahMos surface-to-surface missile. It is also equipped to operate two Sea King or Chetak helicopters.

11. It has 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) and AK 630 Close In Weapon System (CIWS) designed to take on air and surface targets.



12. INS Kochi's anti-submarine arsenal consists of Indigenous Rocket Launchers (IRL), Indigenous Twin-tube Torpedo Launchers (ITTL) and bow-mounted new generation HUMSA Sonar Dome.

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