INS Kochi Current Affairs - 2019

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MRSAM: successfully tested by Indian Navy

Indian Navy successfully conducted test firing of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) on the Western Seaboard.

Key Highlights

  • About: The Indian Navy undertook its maiden cooperative engagement firing of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) and has achieved a significant milestone in enhancing its Anti Air Warfare Capability.
  • These Surface to Air Missiles are for now fitted onboard Kolkata Class Destroyers (comprised of INS Kolkata, INS Kochi and INS Chennai) and in future would be fitted on all major warships of the Indian Navy.
  • Undertaken by: The firing trial was carried out jointly by the Indian Navy, Israel Aerospace Industries and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Undertaken on: The firing was undertaken on Western Seaboard by Indian Naval Ships (INS) Kochi and INS Chennai in which the missiles of both ships were controlled by one ship to obstruct different aerial targets at extended ranges.
  • Significance: By proving this cooperative mode of engagement and successful conduct of test, Indian Navy has now become a part of a select group of Navies that have this niche capability. This capability further enhances combat effectiveness of Indian Navy thus providing an operational edge over potential adversaries.

About MRSAM

  • It is Medium Range Surface to Air Missile which i.e. it is capable of engaging multiple aerial targets at range of more than 50 km.
  • It is manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited, India.
  • It is jointly developed by DRDL Hyderabad (a DRDO Lab), in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries.
  • It is designed to provide Indian defence force with air defensive capability against a variety of aerial threats at medium ranges.

INS Kochi commissioned into Indian Navy

Indian Navy has commissioned INS Kochi, a Kolkata-class Guided Missile Destroyer in its contingent to showcase India’s indigenous efforts in the field of underwater warfare.

The ship was commissioned by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Mumbai.

It is a second ship of the three ships Kolkata-class Guided Missile Destroyer to be inducted. Earlier in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had commissioned INS Kolkata.

The third and last ship of Kolkata-class Guided Missile Destroyer INS Chennai is expected to join Indian Navy in 2016.

Top features of INS Kochi

  • The ship drives its name from the port city of Kochi (Kerala) which had distinct maritime character and culture and symbolises the special bond between the Indian Navy.
  • It has been built at Mazagaon Docks (MDL), Mumbai and it is the 10th destroyer in India’s combat fleet.
  • Dimensions: Spans over 164 meters in length and 17 meters at the bean. Weighs over 7500 tonnes.
  • Engine: It is propelled by 4 gas turbines and designed to achieve maximum speeds in excess of 30 knots.
  • Weapons: It is loaded with state-of-the-art weapons, sensors and advanced stealth features including long-range BrahMos surface-to- surface missile.
  • It has AK 630 Close In Weapon System (CIWS) and 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) designed to take on air and surface targets.
  • Its anti-submarine arsenal consists of indigenously built Twin-tube Torpedo Launchers (ITTL), Indigenous Rocket Launchers (IRL) and bow-mounted new generation HUMSA Sonar Dome.
  • INS Kochi is also equipped to operate 2 Sea King or Chetak helicopters.

It should be noted that destroyers are second only to aircraft carriers to have raw combat power on the high seas.