INS Kavaratti, the anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette, will soon be added to the Navy’s arsenal, giving India’s maritime force much- needed firepower.
Rear Admiral VK Saxena, the chairman and managing director of the Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), which is building the corvettes, told news agency PTI that all trials of the ship had been successfully completed and the delivery was fixed for the end of this month.
Kavaratti is the 104th ship to be built by the GRSE, Saxena said.
So what makes the Kamorta-class Kavaratti a significant addition to India’s Navy?
A silent, stealthy sub-destroyer
Kavaratti is the fourth Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvette built under the so-called Project 28 by the GRSE.
The four corvettes — INS Kamorta, Kadmatt, Kiltan and Kavaratti — were initially sanctioned for Rs 2,700 crore but have ended up costing Rs 7,000 crore.