Current Affairs: "Mormugao" Indian Navy’s Second Missile Destroyer Ship Launched
"Mormugao" Missile Destroyer Ship of Indian Navy
- Indian Navy’s second guided missile destroyer ‘Mormugao’, was launched today ( 17.09.2016) at Mumbai's Mazgaon Dock by Mrs. Reena Lanba, wife of Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
- The first ship of project 15B class destroyers was ‘Visakhapatnam’, which was launched on April 20 in 2015. Four others are being built at a cost of 29,700 crore rupees.
- The Mormugao is 163 metres long and is powered by four Ukranian gas turbine engines to achieve speeds over 56 km per hour.
- Fitted with the Barak-8 long-range missiles, it has been named after the picturesque Mormugao port of Goa.
- The key sensor of the destroyer is its Israeli-designed Multi-Function Surveillance Threat Alert Radar (MF-STAR), which has been designed to find targets in the air hundreds of kilometres away.
- The Mormugao is also armed with the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.
- The Mazgoan Shipyard, which is building the ship will also outsource work for 10 blocks to involve private ship building yard in the programme.
- For the first time in its history, Mazagon Dock in 2015-16 achieved a value of production (VOP) above Rs 4,000 crore with an operating profit of Rs 218 crore.
- Detailed design of the futuristic stealth frigates, P17A, is currently in progress and work on it is expected to start early 2017.