Update: November 21, 2021 12:58 PM STI
Bombay (Maharashtra) [India], Nov 21 (ANI): Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that the Indo-Pacific being a key route is important for the global economy and that it is the main objective of the Indian Navy to maintain it safe.
“The Indo-Pacific is a key route and it is important to the world economy. It is the main objective of the Indian Navy to keep the route secure,” Singh said during the commissioning ceremony of the ‘INS Visakhapatnam in Mumbai.
“The whole world will increase its military might in the coming years and spending on the defense budget will increase. We have moved towards the development of an indigenous shipbuilding center,” Singh said.
“Out of 41 ships ordered by the Indian Navy, 38 ships were developed in India. This is the best example of indigenization,” he added.
Singh officially ordered INS Visakhapatnam in Mumbai on Sunday morning.
INS Visakhapatnam is the first stealth-guided guided missile destroyer of Project 15B.
INS Visakhapatnam was built using native DMR 249A steel and is one of the largest destroyers built in India with a total length of 163m and a displacement of over 7,400 tons.
The vessel has a significant indigenous content of approx. 75 percent contributing to AtmaNirbhar Bharat. The ship is a powerful platform capable of undertaking multiple tasks and missions spanning the full spectrum of maritime warfare.
Visakhapatnam is equipped with an array of weapons and sensors, which include supersonic surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, medium and short range guns, anti-submarine rockets, and combinations of electronic warfare and advanced communication.
The ship is propelled by a powerful combined gas and gas propulsion which allows it a speed of more than 30 knots. The vessel has the capacity to carry two integrated helicopters to further extend its range.
The ship boasts of a very high level of automation with sophisticated digital networks, a combat management system and an integrated platform management system. (ANI)