INS Kiltan to Augment Navy’s Strike Capability

INS Kiltan, the latest indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette was commissioned into the force on Monday 16 October 2017 by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam; in presence of navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba; augmenting the Indian Navy’s strike capability in the Indian Ocean Region. It will boost force’s capability to detect and target hostile vessels and to provide protection to Indian warships. Defence Minister on the occasion said that, “INS Kiltan strengthens our defence system and will be a shining armour in our ‘Make in India’ programme as it is totally built here”.

  • INS Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik class, Kolkata class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt to have joined the Indian Navy’s arsenal wherein a plethora of weapons and sensors have been integrated to provide a Common Operational Picture (COP).
  • INS Kiltan has been designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house body, the Directorate of Naval Design and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata; and is the third of the four Kamorta-class corvettes being built under Project 28.
  • Kamorta-class corvettes are a class of anti-submarine warfare corvettes currently in service with the Indian Navy.
  • INS Kiltan hosts a predominantly indigenous cutting-edge weapons and sensors suite which includes heavyweight torpedoes, ASW rockets, 76 mm calibre Medium Range gun and two multi-barrel 30 mm guns as close-in-weapon system (CIWS) with dedicated fire control systems, missile decoy rockets (Chaff), advanced Electronic Support Measure system, most advanced bow mounted sonar and air surveillance radar Revathi
  • INS Kiltan spans 109 metres in length and 14 metres at the beam and is propelled by four diesel engines to achieve a speed of over 25 knots and has a displacement of 3,500 tonnes,
  • INS Kiltan is India’s first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fibre composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight and maintenance costs.
  • INS Kiltan is 100 tonnes lighter than the previous corvettes.
  • INS Kiltan is also the first major warship to have undertaken sea trials of all major weapons and sensors as a pilot project prior to delivery by the shipyard to Indian Navy.
  • INS Kiltan in the future would also be installed with short range SAM system and carry an integral ASW helicopter. UNI ASH AE 1352.
  • INS Kiltan boasts of the proud legacy of the erstwhile Petya Class ship of same name ‘Kiltan (P79)’ built in the USSR, which had actively participated as Task Force Commander in ‘Operation Trident’ during the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
  • The ship derives its name from one of the islands in Aminidivi group of the strategically located Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands.
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