INS Kamorta: Nation's 1st indigenous warship

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You don't aim to be a world power riding on endowments! Its your inner strength and capacity that decides how far you can go in face of adversity. 

The same is true about our armed forces as well; one of which (Navy) brought pride to its shore by inducting the nation's 1st indigenously built warship 'INS Kamorta'. 

Key Points

  • Its first in the series of four anti submarine stealth corvette to be manufactured by GRSE* for the Indian Navy.
  • Almost 90 per cent of the composition is indigenous.
  • It is also the first warship to be equipped with the Kavach decoy system for protection against anti-ship missiles.
  • The warship has special grade high-tensile (DMR249A) steel produced by SAIL's Bhilai Steel Plant**.

Weaponry

  • Its fitted with OTO Melara 76 mm main gun, and uses two AK-630 guns and 16-cell VLS launched Barak 1 missiles as close-in weapon system. 
  • The hull of the ship comprises bulk of sensors and weapon systems which are also indigenously manufactured
  • What gives the ship edge over others are it's “rail-less” helicopter traversing system together with foldable hangar door.

Remark

  • Indian Navy aims to graduate to become a Blue Water Navy with a global influence and reach.
  • For that to happen, one needs to be able to develop and manufacture advance and highly efficient armaments with self-reliance.
  • This one looks a step in the right direction.

*GRSE (Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd) is a Kolkata based engineering firm.

**Bhilai steel plant is the sole supplier of rails for Indian Railways.

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