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Imphal, the third Visakhapatnam-class guided missile destroyer, will join the Indian Navy in Mumbai on December 26

Imphal, the third Visakhapatnam-class guided missile destroyer, will join the Indian Navy in Mumbai on December 26

On December 26 in Mumbai, the third guided missile destroyer of the Visakhapatnam class, Imphal, will be commissioned into the Indian Navy, marking a momentous day in India’s ongoing maritime dominance. The nation’s defence capabilities are strengthened by the addition of this powerful and adaptable vessel.

Imphal, which Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) delivered to the Navy in October, is a striking example of India’s expanding shipbuilding capabilities. Constructed using domestic DMR 249A steel, it is one of the biggest missile destroyers ever built in the nation, measuring an astounding 164 metres in length and more than 7500 tonnes in displacement.

Imphal is more than just a massive structure; it is a powerful platform that can handle a wide variety of tasks related to maritime warfare. Its weapons includes medium-range Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles and supersonic Brahmos surface-to-surface missiles, guaranteeing both offensive and defensive potential.

However, Imphal’s powers go beyond its surface-to-air weaponry. It is outfitted with homegrown anti-submarine weapons and sensors, such as the heavyweight torpedo tube launchers, ASW rocket launchers, and Humsa NG hull-mounted sonar. Because of its strength underwater, Imphal is a real threat in many ways and can protect India’s long shoreline and beyond.

The commissioning of Imphal is more than just a celebration of scientific progress; it also represents an important step forward in India’s strategic goal. With each new addition to its fleet, the Indian Navy enhances its position as a powerful force in the Indian Ocean region, protecting national interests and guaranteeing regional stability.

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