INS Kiltan is an indigenously built anti-submarine warship. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman commissioned the INS Kiltan on 16th October 2017 at the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam. She said that “The country is rapidly marching towards indigenisation and the commissioning of the third kamorta class Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvette is a classic example of that”.
It is the third of the four project-28 Kamorta class ASW. She further added that “This ship is unique as about 81% is built indigenously and is the first built by India that has a superstructure made up of carbon fibre composite material. This makes it a stealth corvette and makes India one among the few nations that have this technology or this class of ships”.
We can now see that the Indian Navy is moving from the status of a buyer’s navy to builder’s navy. This is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and we need to become more self-reliant. We have already gained the expertise in building hulls and we now need to focus on propulsion and weapon technology, said Ms Sitharaman.
In the near future, the plan is to deliver about 10 ships to the Navy with state of the art technology. It is India’s first ever warship to have a structure of carbon fibre composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight and maintenance costs. Not only this, but this ship is also the first major warship to have undertaken Sea Trials of all major weapons and sensors as a pilot project prior delivery by the shipyard to Indian Navy and is ready to be operationally deployed on the day of joining the Indian Navy. The weapons have an endurance of 3,450 nautical miles.
The weapons and sensor suits 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 of the ship are the showcase of the nation’s overall growth as well as growth of Indian Navy and in the future it will also install short-range SAM system and carry an integral ASW helicopter.