Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kavaratti completes sea trials

Defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) is set to deliver anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kavaratti to the Navy soon, its Chairman-cum-Managing Director Rear Admiral V K Saxena said.

‘Kavaratti’ is the last of the four Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes built by the GRSE for the Indian Navy under Project P28, he said.

“All trials of the ship have been successfully completed, and we plan to deliver it by the end of this month,” Saxena told PTI here.

With a displacement of 3,300 tonnes, the ship has a carbon composite superstructure, which has been flawlessly integrated with the steel hull through technology developed by the GRSE.

“The carbon composite superstructure provides advangate of a lower weight of the warship, thus increasing its stability, manoeuvrability and faster acceleration,” Saxena said.

The INS Kavaratti is to be armed with a range of weapons and sensors, including a medium-range gun, torpedo tube launchers, ASW rocket launchers, and a close-in weapon system. The ship will also contain an integrated communication system and an electronic warfare system. The ship can accommodate short-range Barak SAM but not built with.

The first of the four ASW stealth corvettes under Project P28 – ‘Kamorta’, was delivered to the Navy in July 2014, ‘Kadmatt’ was delivered in November, 2015 and ‘Kiltan’ was delivered in October 2017, a GRSE official said.

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