“After the induction of INS Kolkata, no country will dare to challenge India. INS Kolkata proves India’s indigenous capabilities, This ship is a technological marvel, entirely designed and built by India’s own technicians. A big, strong army is not to engage in war with any country, but to avoid war making the opponent wary of dealing with us looking at our might,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after inducting the largest naval destroyer warship into Indian Navy at Mumbai.
Built at the Mazagaon Dock Limited, INS Kolkata is a Kolkata class guided missile destroyer. It has already completed its sea worthiness trials. 160 meters long, 7,500 tons weighing ship capable of speed over 30 knots, INS Kolkata is fitted with multi function radar system, and several other tech advantages like different radars, counter measures systems, defensive aids suite etc. It is capable of firing Barack and BrahMos range of anti-ship, land attack missiles.
INS Kolkata has two supporting ships of the same class that accompany it -INS Kochi and INS Chennai. Built at a cost of Rs. 11,662 crores, INS Kolkata is presently the biggest warships of the navy, but will be taken over by INS Vikrant, being built at Cochin shipyard at a cost of Rs.19,000 crores. These ships are part of a 2 lakh crores budgeted 44 war ships being built to make Indian Navy impenetrable.
Defense Minister Arun Jaitley, Naval Chief RK Dhowan, Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan and others participated at the event.