INS Chennai (D65)

Name: Chennai
Namesake: Chennai
Operator: Indian Navy
Builder: Mazagon Dock Limited
Laid down: February 2006[1]
Launched: 2 April 2010[1]
Completed: 12 November 2015
Commissioned: 21 Nov 2016[2][3][4]
Motto: Shatro Sanharaka ("Vanquisher of Enemies")[5]
Status: Undergoing trials of ship-borne equipment[3][6]
General characteristics
Class and type: Kolkata-class destroyer
Displacement: 7,500 t (8,300 short tons)[7][8]
Length: 163 m (535 ft)
Beam: 17.4 m (57 ft)
Speed: In excess of 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Thales LW-08 D-band air search radar[9]
  • IAI EL/M-2248 MF-STAR S-band AESA multi-function radar
  • IAI EL/M-2238 L-band STAR surveillance radar
  • BEL HUMSA-NG bow sonar
  • BEL Nagin active towed array sonar[10]
  • BEL Electronic Modular Command & Control Applications (EMCCA Mk4) combat management system
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Elbit Systems Deseaver MK II countermeasures systems and defensive aids suite
  • Kavach Chaff Decoy System
  • Anti-air missiles:
  • 4 × 8-cell VLS, for a total of 32;[11]
  • Barak 8 missiles (Range: 0.5 km (0.31 mi) to 90 km (56 mi)[12])
  • Anti-ship missiles:
  • 2 × 8-cell UVLM for 16 BrahMos anti ship missiles
  • Guns:
  • 1 × 76 mm gun
  • 4 × AK-630 CIWS
  • Anti-submarine warfare:
  • 4 × Torpedo tubes
  • 2 × RBU-6000 anti-submarine rockets
Aircraft carried:

INS Chennai (D65) is the third ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. She was constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) located in Mumbai. INS Chennai is the last of the three ships built under the code name Project 15A.[13]


She was laid down in February 2006, and was launched on 2 April 2010 by the then Defence Minister Shri AK Antony's wife Smt Elizabeth Antony amidst chanting of Vedic hymns at a function in Mumbai, and is commissioned on 21 November 2016 by the Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.[2][14] INS Chennai is the first naval ship named after Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu.[15]


The indigenously designed ship will have state of the art weapons and sensors, stealth features, an advanced action information system, a comprehensive auxiliary control system, world class modular living spaces, sophisticated power distribution system and a host of other advanced features.

INS Chennai will be fitted with the supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface missile system. The system enables the ship to engage shore-based and naval surface targets at long range making it a lethal platform for strike against enemy targets. The ship's air defence capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles, will revolve around the vertical launch, long range surface-to-air missile system, which is being co-developed by DRDO. Four AK-630 rapid-fire guns will provide the ship with close-in-defence capability while an MR gun will enable her to provide effective naval gunfire support. Indigenously developed twin tube torpedo launchers and rocket launchers will add punch to the ship's anti-submarine capability. Indeed, these ships integrate many new features and involve design changes that ensure a far more advanced weapons platforms compared to the earlier Project 15 ships.[16]

See also


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  2. 1 2 "Guided Missile Destroyer INS Chennai Joins the Indian Navy" (Press release). Indian Navy. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  3. 1 2 "Largest-ever 'Made-in-India' warship INS Chennai commissioned". The Times of India. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
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  5. "Indigenous INS Chennai will be commissioned on Monday". The Sunday Guardian Live. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
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  7. "Navy gets its largest destroyer". The Hindu. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  8. "Largest destroyer project of Navy hit by delay". Defence Express. 6 Jun 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  9. "Bharat Electronics Ltd. awards LW08 contract to Thales". 2 July 2008. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  10. "Indian Navy to get four new destroyers". 17 March 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  11. Som, Vishnu (16 August 2014). "On INS Kolkata, PM is Only Partially Correct". NDTV. Retrieved 8 March 2015. At the moment, she is designed to carry only 32 Barak surface-to-air missiles...
  12. "India commissions second Kolkata-class destroyer". Jane's Information Group. IHSJanes. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  13. "Kolkata Class Guided Missile Destroyers, India". Naval Technology. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  14. "Warship INS Chennai commissioned by Indian Navy". SSB Interview Tips. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  15. "Project 15-A destroyer, INS Kochi To be launched on 18 Sep 2009". PIB. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
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