INS Kiltan 'A Shining Armour Of Make In India' Commissioned Today

| October 16 , 2017 , 15:37 IST

A major success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India campaign, the indigenously built INS Kiltan, an anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette, was commissioned by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday at the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam.

“INS Kiltan strengthens our defence system and will be a shining armour in our ‘Make in India’ programme as it is totally built here,” Sitharaman said at the commissioning ceremony which was attended by Admiral Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff and other dignitaries.

From four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes, INS Kiltan is the third.

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The INS Kiltan has been designed indigenously as well, by the Indian Navy's in-house organisation, the Directorate of Naval Design and was built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata.

INS Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship to join the Indian Navy's arsenal after the Shivalik class, Kolkata class, and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt that have a plethora of integrated weapons and sensors to form a ‘Common Operational Picture (COP)’.

The Ministry of Defence in a press release said that the INS Kiltan hosts a “predominantly indigenous cutting-edge weapons and sensors suite which includes heavyweight 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."

The name of the ship is based on one of the islands in the Aminidivi group of Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands.