The Indian Navy begins its preparation to build seven ‘Next Generation Corvettes’ at Indian shipyards that would be capable of an offensive surface to surface missile attacks and anti-submarine warfare operations.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman will commission the indigenously built INS Kiltan into the navy at the Naval Dockyard at Visakhapatnam in the presence of navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.

According to specifications provided by the Indian Navy, the ship will have a range of not less than 4,000 nm and will be capable of sailing at 27 knots. The India Navy requires all seven corvettes from 2023. The 120-meter long single-hull corvettes, or small warships, will have low radar, acoustic, magnetic, visual and infra-red signatures.

Here are presently more than 50 ships and submarines under construction in India. India has already built four anti-submarine warfare corvettes under Project-28, the first of which was handed over to the Indian Navy in 2014. This was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd with 90 percent indigenization.

Here are eight things you must know about India’s new warship:

INS Kiltan is the third of the four ASW corvettes to be built under the Rs 7,800-crore Project 28. Its sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt have already been commissioned into the navy.

INS Kiltan is also the first major warship to have undertaken sea trials of all major weapons and sensors as a pilot project prior to delivery by the shipyard to Indian Navy. It is ready to be operationally deployed.

The contract to build the corvettes was awarded to Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in June 2012. The warships have been designed by the Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design.

The ship gets its name from an island in the strategically located Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands.

INS Kiltan’s weapons include heavyweight torpedoes, ASW rockets, 76 mm caliber medium range gun and two multi-barrel 30 mm guns.

The warship is 109 meters long and 14 meters at the beam. It is propelled by four diesel engines to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots with an endurance of 3,450 nautical miles. It will be manned by a crew of 13 officers and 178 sailors.

The installed propulsion and auxiliary systems provide very low radiated underwater noise feature required for anti-submarine warfare.

The ship gets its name from an island in the strategically located Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands.

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