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ASW corvette INS Kadmatt to be commissioned at Vizag

VISAKHAPATNAM (PTI): 'INS Kadmatt', the second indigenous stealth anti-submarine warfare corvette, will be commissioned by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan at naval dockyard here on Thursday.

A unique feature of the ship is the high level of indigenisation incorporated in the production, accentuating the national objective of 'Make in India'.

The ship has many state-of-the-art equipment which include the rail-less helo traversing system and foldable hangar door for the integral ASW helicopter which not only increases the strike capability of the ship, but also enhances the detection capability manifold, a defence release stated on Wednesday.

About 90 per cent of the ship is indigenous. It has been designed by the Navy's in-house organisation, the Directorate of Naval Design, and constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata.

'Kadmatt' is the latest indigenous ship after 'Shivalik' class, 'Kolkata' class and 'INS Kamorta' wherein a plethora of weapons and sensors have been integrated to provide a 'Common Operational Picture (COP)'.

As an ASW corvette, the ship carries on the legacy of her predecessor INS Kadmatt (P 78), which served the Navy for 24 years from December 23, 1968 to November 30, 1992.

The ship's weapons and sensors suite is predominantly indigenous and showcases the nation's growing capability in this niche area, it added.

Upon commissioning, the ship will form part of the eastern fleet which shoulders the responsibility of safeguarding the eastern seaboard of India.

This second ship of Project 28 has a low radio, acoustic, magnetic and Infra Red(IR) signature owing to a 'X' shaped hull form, raft mounted engines and an IR suppression system, the release stated.

The IR suppression system reduces the heat emitted by the ship reducing the infrared signature thereby defending the ship from heat seeking missiles.

With a displacement of 3500 tonnes, the ship spans 109 meters in length and 14 meters at the beam and is propelled by four diesel engines to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots with an endurance of 3450 nautical mile.

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