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Guided Missile Destroyer INS Imphal

INS Imphal was launched at Mazgaon Docks as part of Project 15B.

What is Project 15B (Bravo)?

1. This Project is aimed at adding state-of-the-art warships to the naval fleet.

2. The Navy had launched INS Vishakhapatnam, the first Project 15B ship, in April 2015, while the second ship, INS Mormugao, was launched in September 2016.

3. A contract for four destroyers under the Project 15B has been signed.

When is INS Imphal expected to be commissioned?

1. INS Imphal is the third guided missile destroyer of Indian Navy launched at Mazgaon Docks as part of its Project 15B.

2. It was indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design, New Delhi.

3. It is likely to be commissioned in 2023.

Which are the features of INS Imphal?

1. It has a launch weight of 3037 tonnes.

2. The warship spans 163 meters in length and 17.4 meters at beam and displaces 7300 tonnes.

3. The P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and ship maneuverability.

4. It is propelled by the gas turbines to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.

5. Enhanced stealth features have been achieved through shaping of hull and use of radar transparent deck fitting, which make these ships difficult to detect.

6. P15B ships will be equipped to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters.

Why is the name INS Imphal chosen?

1. The name 'INS Imphal' has been chosen to commemorate the Indian soldiers who fought the 1944 Battle of Imphal and Kohima during the Second World War.

2. The battle was fought on the Indian subcontinent between the Japanese & the British Indian forces.

3. It also shows the significance of northeastern states in different connectivity projects of India in South-East Asia.

4. It is also likely to strengthen the country’s position in the Indian Ocean amongst other nations.

How do guided missiles work?

1. Guided missiles work by tracking the location of the moving target in space by certain methods like using radar or following its heat signature, chasing it down and then finally hitting it with accuracy.

2. Guided systems in missiles can be of various types, which serve different operational purposes.