INS Imphal Joins the Fleet: India’s AatmaNirbhar Bharat Triumphs with Project 15B Destroyer

In a monumental stride toward a self-reliant India, the Indian Navy proudly welcomed the Yard 12706 Imphal, the third Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyer, into its fleet on October 20, 2023.

In a monumental stride toward a self-reliant India, the Indian Navy proudly welcomed Yard 12706 Imphal, the third Project 15B stealth-guided missile destroyer, into its fleet on October 20, 2023. This significant achievement marks a crucial milestone in India’s indigenous shipbuilding capabilities, showcasing technological prowess on a global scale.

Project 15B continues the esteemed Kolkata class (Project 15A) destroyers, commissioned in the past decade. Imphal, following in the wake of her predecessors Indian Naval Ships Visakhapatnam and Mormugao, stands as a testament to India’s commitment to advancing its maritime capabilities through cutting-edge indigenous technology.

Designed by the Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau (WDB) and meticulously crafted by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Mumbai, Imphal stands tall as one of the world’s most technologically advanced warships. With a displacement of 7,400 tons and an overall length of 164 meters, this guided missile destroyer boasts state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, including surface-to-air missiles, anti-ship missiles, and torpedoes. Propelled by a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion set with four gas turbines, Imphal can achieve speeds exceeding 30 knots (56 km/h).

A notable feature of Imphal is its high indigenous content, constituting approximately 75% of its components. This includes contributions from leading Indian manufacturers, such as BEL (Bangalore) for Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missiles, BrahMos Aerospace (New Delhi) for BrahMos Surface-to-Surface Missiles, Larsen & Toubro (Mumbai) for Indigenous Torpedo Tube Launchers and Anti-Submarine Indigenous Rocket Launchers, and BHEL (Haridwar) for the 76mm Super Rapid Gun Mount.

Imphal’s remarkable journey began on May 19, 2017, with the laying of its keel, followed by its launch into water on April 20, 2019. The destroyer embarked on its maiden sea trials on April 28, 2023, undergoing extensive trials in both harbour and open sea waters. Impressively, Imphal achieved delivery within a record timeframe of only six months from the commencement of sea trials, making it the shortest duration for the construction and testing of any indigenous destroyer.

This achievement resonates deeply with the ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India) initiative championed by the Government of India. The induction of Imphal into the naval fleet reflects the collaborative efforts of numerous stakeholders and amplifies India’s maritime prowess in the strategically vital Indian Ocean Region.

In conclusion, the delivery of Imphal is not just a maritime milestone but a symbol of India’s capability to design, construct, and deploy cutting-edge naval assets entirely on its own. Imphal’s integration into the Indian Navy reinforces the nation’s commitment to self-reliance and signifies a monumental leap toward a technologically advanced and self-sufficient maritime force. As India continues strengthening its naval capabilities, Imphal is a shining example of indigenous innovation and collaborative excellence.