The Guided Missile Destroyer, Mormugao, second ship of Project 15B,was launched on 17 September 2016 at Mazagaon Dock Ship Builders Limited (MDL), Mumbai.
This marks a significant milestone in the annals of the Indigenous Warship design and construction programme of India.
About Project 15B Ships
• Project 15B ships feature cutting edge advanced technology and are comparable to the best ships of similar class anywhere in the world.
• These ships have been designed indigenously by the Directorate of Naval Design, New Delhi.
• Each ship spans 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam and displaces 7300 tonnes.
• These ships will be propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.
• The P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and ship manoeuvrability.
• P 15B ships will be equipped to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters.
• These ships are packed with an array of state of the art weapons and sensors, including vertically launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore, sea-based and air targets.
Four Guided missile Destroyers of Project 15B (P 15B) are under construction at Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai. The contract for construction of these four ships was signed on 28 January 2011.
Stealth has been a major thrust area in P15B design. Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar transparent deck fittings which make these ships difficult to detect.
These ships have been designed for a complement of 50 officers and 250 sailors.
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When: 17 September 2016