Everything you need to know about INS Imphal

  • The third ship of the Visakhapatnam class stealth-guided missile destroyers, INS Imphal (Pennant D68), is slated to join the Indian Navy.
  • The INS Imphal is part of Project 15B and is descended from the Delhi and Kolkata classes of indigenous destroyers.


Ship NameINS Imphal (Pennant D68)
ClassVisakhapatnam class stealth-guided missile destroyer (Project 15B)
Commissioning DateScheduled for December 26
BuilderMazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL)
DesignIndian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau
Propulsion SystemCombined gas and gas (COGAG) configuration with four gas turbines
Maximum Speed30 knots
Range4000 nautical miles
ArmamentSurface-to-surface cruise missiles BrahMosSurface-to-air missiles Barak-8The main cannon is 127 mm in diameter.30mm AK-630 gunsAnti-submarine rocket launchers and torpedo launchers
Helicopter FacilitiesCan operate two multi-role helicopters (Sea King or HAL Dhruv)
Strategic FeaturesCapabilities for stealth for reduced radar signatureSystem of advanced combat managementTotal atmospheric control system (TACS) for nuclear, biological, and chemical defence.
SignificanceThe Indian Navy’s advanced naval warfare capability and strategic asset
Tribute to Northeast IndiaNamed after the city of Imphal, to honour the Northeast’s strategic and historical significance.
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