The Indian Navy has inducted newest indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare corvette – INS Kiltan at the Eastern Naval Command today, boosting the defence and strength of Indian armed forces.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman commissioned the new indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan, on Monday. She described the new warship as a ‘shining new armour’ of India which has been developed under ‘Make in India’ programme. INS Kiltan is designed to detect and target hostile vessels and to provide protection to Indian warships from other armours like submarines. This is Indian Navy’s latest indigenous warship after Shivalik-class, Kolkata-class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmat. These warships have joined the Navy’s arsenal where a plethora of weapons and sensors have been integrated to provide a Common Operational Picture (COP).
INS Kiltan is the third of the 4 ASW corvettes to be built under the Rs 7,800-crore Project 28; and is India’s first major warship that possesses a superstructure of carbon fibre composite material which has been imported from Sweden. This new material makes INS Kiltan 100 tonnes lighter, helps in improving advanced features and reduce maintenance. Another first from this warship is that it has undertaken sea trials of all major weapons and sensors as a pilot project prior to delivery by the shipyard to Indian Navy; and is already ready to be operationally deployed right away.
Loaded with heavy weaponry like heavy weight torpedoes, ASW rockets, 76 mm caliber medium range gun and two multi-barrel 30 mm guns, INS Kiltan will be controlled and run by 13 naval officers and 178 sailors. Also, the installed propulsion and auxiliary systems help in maintaining very little underwater noise – a must characteristic for anti-submarine warships. If you are wondering about the nomenclature, well, it is a derivative from the name of an island that is strategically located between Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands – all that deep marine naval logic, you know.