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Amidst threat from China, Anti-Submarine Warfare capable INS Kiltan set to be commissioned today

The third of four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes INS Kiltan is all set to be commissioned by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman into the Indian Navy. The commissioning is scheduled to take place at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam on Monday. This is crucial development amidst rising submarine threat from Chinese navy especially after the recent Doklam standoff. This is also shot in the arm for the Make In India campaign of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The commissioning ceremony will be attended by Admiral Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff and host of other dignitaries. Indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata, Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik class, Kolkata class and sister Ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt to have joined the Indian Navy’s arsenal where in a plethora of weapons and sensors have been integrated to provide a ‘Common Operational Picture (COP)’.
The ship derives its name from one of the islands in Aminidivi group of Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands.
In a press release, the ministry of defence said that the ship hosts a “predominantly indigenous cutting-edge weapons and sensors suite which includes heavy weight torpedoes, ASW rockets, 76 mm caliber Medium Range gun & two multi-barrel 30 mm guns as Close-in-Weapon System (CIWS) with dedicated fire control systems, missile decoy rockets (Chaff), advanced ESM.

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