I've been doing a bit of research with the IN and I've decided that a Class wise description of all IN assets would be best in order to gauge the
firepower,strategic depth and defensive capabilities of the IN.
I'll start of with the Delhi Class Destroyers and then move on to other vessels:
DELHI CLASS(Proj 15):
This is the largest surface ships ever constructed in India with tonnage ranging from 6500 - 7000 tons depending on loadout.
This class has a maximum range of approx. 5000 miles and has a crew complement of 350+ including 40 officers.
One MR-775 Fregat MAE (NATO: Half Plate) planar array radar for air surveillance
One Bharat RAWL (Dutch Signaal LW08) radar for surface surveillance operating in D-band
Three MR-212/201 navigation radars, operating at I-band for navigation. All vessels are fitted with JRC SATCOM.
At least one ship is fitted with the Thales ATAS(adv. towed sonar array) and an indigenous HUMSA(hull mounted sonar array).
Primary Strike outfit AShCMs:
Sixteen 3M-24E (Kh-35 Uran or NATO: SS-N-25 Switchblade) AShMs, housed in four quadruple KT-184 launchers, angled at 30º, two on either side of the
bridge superstructure. Equivalent to the Harpoon Block 1C AShM, these missiles have active radar homing (ARH) out to a range of 130 km at 0.9 Mach,
with a 145 kg warhead. All 16 missiles can be ripple-fired in 2-3 second intervals. The Delhi Class will be retrofitted with the GLONASS-steered,
land-attack 3M24E1 Uranium AShM at a later date. The 3M24E1 AShM - export variant of the 3M24M1 - has more fuel, which extends range to 250 km.
In the air defence role, a pair of 3S-90 launchers - one installed forward of the bridge and the other atop the dual helicopter hangar - are fitted
with the Shtil SAM system. The Shtil system comprises of the 9M38M1 (SA-N-7, navalised SA-11) missile and 24 such missiles are carried in a
below-decks magazine. The launchers elevate up to 70º but have a limited firing arc of 30º within the centreline. The launcher groups require a crew
of 20 men and weigh about 50 tons. Target tracking data is provided by the MR-775 Fregat MAE planar array radar which can engage up to 12 targets at
ranges of 32 km. Target illumination and semi-active homing is provided via six MR-90 Orekh (NATO: Front Dome) illuminators, four mounted forward and
The 9M38M1 SAM, designated as Kashmir by the Indian Navy, is armed with a 70 kg high-explosive warhead, has a maximum speed of Mach 3 (830 m/s) and
can manoeuvre up to 20 g. The missile can handle target aircrafts traveling at 420 to 830 m/s and incoming missiles moving at 330 to 830 m/s. The
reaction time is 16 to 19 seconds and the advertised kill percentage is 81 to 96% for a two-missile salvo. Ranges against aircraft are 3 km to 32 km
with altitudes from 15 metres to 15 km. Ranges against incoming missiles are 3.5 km to 12 km with altitudes from 10 metres to 10 km. The missile
probably has a secondary anti-ship capability.
The ships also have the capability of firing the SS-N-15/16 ASW torpedoes from 533mm/600mm(?) torpedo tubes.
Two ships, reportedly the INS Delhi and INS Mysore have their AK-630M guns replaed by the BARAK-1 SAM System guided by EL/M-2221 STGR radars courtesy
The main gun is a 100mm AK-100
INS Delhi/Mysore/Mumbai: (Order unknown)
Online sources confirmed by offline ones quote around 100 SS-N-25 Missiles in service with the IN specifically meant for only the Delhi Class
Destroyers as of 2001.
That is approx 2 missiles per launcher considering that this class offers 48 launch platforms. Another 150 are reportedly available for other
Planeman, you can take this into your scoring calculations if you've considered another figure, because these are very accurate in a pessimistic
sense at least.
I've found all ships on Google Earth at different locations on the western seaboard.
A Comparision of Delhi Class and the Sovermeny-II Class Destroyers
The Delhi Class are the largest warships ever to be built in India and primarily act as command and control platforms for task groups and as screening
escorts for the aircraft carriers. INS Mumbai, is more advanced than the other two vessels in the Delhi Class though minor modifications are already
taking place on INS Delhi and INS Mysore. These vessels are well suited for power projection roles in the Indian Ocean Region and are fully fitted
with flag facilities. The Delhi Class is also capable of operating in a NBC environment and Radar-Cross-Section reduction is presumed to be minimal,
to the extent that some sharp angles have been flattened.
Note the above comparision doesn't take into account upgrades like the BARAK-1 SAM system and the Thales ATAS(towed sonar).
Proj 15A (Kolkata/Bangalore Class?):
Confirmed reports say that the first ship of Proj 15A
(which is a stealth advancement of Proj 15) has been launched on 30th June this year.It is to be commissioned 3 years from now.
Gauging by the timeframe of the Google Earth photos, I strongly feel this is that ship about a year back at its construction site.
Notice that from this view it looks structurally very similar to the Delhi Class
(which it is mostly supposed to be). The considerable differences will be the reduced angles on either side which cannot be observed from this
Note that the Delhi Class destroyers do NOT seem to be projected to bear the PJ-10 Brahmos, though its successor the Kolkata/Bangalore Class 15A
definitely carries the same. Also this class has a greater tonnage(7000 approx) carrying more(double) BARAK-2 SAMs with indegenous inputs. Note Delhi
Class carry BARAK-1 SAMs.
There are two more of Proj 15Alpha being constructed.
Next comes Rajput(Kashin II)Class...
Hopefully sooner than next weekend!