On January 7, 2016, at a sparkling ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatanam, INS Kadmatt was commissioned into Indian Navy by the Chief of Naval Staff. INS Kadmatt is the second ship of Project 28 (P28) class Anti-Submarine Warface (ASW) Corvelltes.
The event marked the formal introduction (into the Navy) of the second of the four ASW Corvettes. It has been indigenously designed by the directorate of Naval Design, an in-house organization of Indian Navy, and constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kilkata.
INS Kadmat: An Introduction
It has been named after one of the big island amongst the Lakshadweep group of Island off West coast of India. The Indian Navy and the Lakshdweep Island share a special rapport because of the proximity of the Island chain with Indian base INS Dweeprakshak, as well as detachments on Minicoy, Androth and Bitra Islands. The commissioning of the INS Kadmatt manifests the importance of India’s Island territories and its marine interests.
INS Kadmatt is one of the most powerful warships that have been constructed in India. All the four ships of P28 class have been built by using high grade steel-DMR249 A– that is produced in India. This sleek and magnificent ship stretches 109 meters in length and 13.7 meters at the beam. It is driven by four diesel engines to acquire speeds in excess of 25 knots with an endurance of 3450 Km.
Features of INS Kadmatt
INS Kadmatt possesses a multitude of network such as Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS); Total Atmospheric Control System (TACS); Integrated Bridge System (IBS); Battle Damage Control System (BDCS); and Personnel Locator System (PLS) to facilitate a contemporary and process oriented system of systems for optimal functioning of the warship.
The unique feature of INS Kadmatt is the high level of Indigenization, incorporated in the production, that has surely accentuated our national objective of Make in India’. Almost 90 per cent of the ship is Indigenous and is arrayed to fight in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.
The ship has many first to its credit that consists of the rail-less helo travestying system and foldable hanger door for integral ASW helicopter. Some of the major indigenously developed equipments and systems comprise combat Management System, Rocket Launcher, Torpedo Tube Launchers and Infra-Red Signature Suppression System.
INS Kadmatt, that would be an integral part of the Eastern Naval command, is commanded by Commander Mahes Chandra Moudgil. The ship, with the charging power dynamics in the Indian Ocean, is going to increase the mobility, reach and flexibility of Indian Navy.
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