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India's Stealth Warship

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posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 04:33 AM
NEW DELHI: India has launched its first indigenously built stealth warship as part of its ambition of increasing its maritime influence in the Indian Ocean, defence ministry officials said.

The ship, christened INS Shivalik after one of India’s Himalayan peaks, has been built at the state-run Mazgoan Dock Ltd (MDL) near Bombay and is designed to evade interception as part of its stealth capabilities, they said.

Warship Shivalik, part of a national naval project to build three stealth ships, will be assigned operational duties when fully armed by December 2005, the officials said.

The remaining two will be commissioned with the Indian navy in 2006 and in 2007.

“Shivalik will play the dual role of offensive and defensive combat and it also has the capacity to attack in-shore targets,” a defence ministry official said.

MDL chief HS Kang said Shivalik’s original cost when the project left the drawing board in 1994 was estimated at two billion rupees ($42 million) and warned the cost would jump 10 times by the time it is deployed in two years time.

The Defence Minister was among the officials present at the ship’s formal launch into the Arabian Sea by naval chief Admiral Madhavendra Singh’s wife Kaumudi Kumari, the MDL ship-builders said. Further details of the ship were not available, but sources said it was likely to be fitted with the 300-kilometre anti-ship cruise missile BrahMos, being jointly built by India and Russia. French military ship-builders are trying to sell or build stealth ships for the 137-ship Indian navy. The Indian navy, which is also expecting the delivery of a Russia-made stealth warship later this year, plans to build an aircraft carrier to double its fleet of such maritime combat platforms to two

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posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 04:46 AM

the bigger one

posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 09:21 AM

Originally posted by Stealth Spy

the bigger one

THE BIGGER ONE!!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLLLLL!!! I bet the smaller one is more stealthy though!

posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 06:58 PM
I am sorry, but the bigger one appears to have wooden support beams on it, and it really doesn't look to "Stealth" to me. It reminds me of a model boat, or an middle school art project.

posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 07:51 PM
They are hardly wooden beams...

The ship isn't completed yet. IN follows the RN tradition of christening ships when the hulls can be launched.

The INS Shivalik is the nameship of the of the Project-17 class (Shivalik class.) The P-17s are basically an indigenized and enlarged version of the Talwar (modified Krivak III class) guided missile destroyer.

INS Talwar:

There are structural changes compared to the Talwars (modified superstructure, antenna array, etc), which along with the incorporation of far more composite materials,and both active and passive radar/IR cancelling technologies, will significantly reduce its radar signature. The P-17 will also have two helicopters (vs. 1 on the Talwar) -- most likely naval variants of the HAL Dhruvs,-- more powerful and quieter engines, and a rather eclectic (and powerful) mix of Indian, Russian, Israeli and Italian radars and a larger weapons load as well.

P-17 speculative drawing:

Naval Dhruv:

It carries the Kashtan CIWS, the Kashmir SAM (upgraded Shtil) and also/instead the next-generation Barak-II SAM system being developed by Israel and India. It will also carry the BrahMos ASCM and have the capability to carry the Klub-N.

Basically, what we're with the rapid expansion the IN is not only a growing numerical force, but newer ships that carry quite a punch themselves, as well as older (but still new) ships being retrofitted with extremely advanced, yet affordable weaponry as soon as the technologies swiftly become developed. Retrofitting the IN fleet to carry the BrahMos itself will literally expand its already formidable capabilities several fold.


[edit on 1-2-2005 by rajkhalsa2004]

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