INS Imphal, a stealth-guided missile destroyer, was inducted into the Indian Navy in Mumbai on Tuesday. The ceremony was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, and Navy Chief Admiral R. Hari Kumar.
Built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, INS Imphal boasts several modern features and capabilities, posing a potential challenge to adversary nations.
INS Imphal has been designed indigenously by the Indian Navy and is the third destroyer in the "Visakhapatnam" class.
It is equipped with the capability to launch long-range supersonic BrahMos missiles.
The vessel incorporates stealth features, enhancing its ability to operate covertly.
This warship is part of India's efforts to strengthen its naval presence and capabilities in the seas.
Capable of conducting anti-submarine warfare operations, INS Imphal is equipped with domestically developed rocket launchers and torpedo launchers.
The vessel features a modern surveillance radar that provides target data to its weapon systems. With 75% of the materials used in its construction being indigenous, including medium-range surface-to-surface missiles, BrahMos missiles, torpedo tube launchers, and a 76mm super rapid gun mount, INS Imphal showcases India's commitment to self-reliance in defence production.
INS Imphal's inclusion in the Indian Navy demonstrates India's self-reliance in the defence sector. It reflects the commitment of MDL and the Navy towards national security," said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the integration of INS Imphal into the naval fleet. "The construction involved the hard work and dedication of all stakeholders. I truly believe that the commissioning of INS Imphal will strengthen the Indian Navy," he added.