INS Kiltan ASW vessel commissioned
The 3rd vessel of Kamorta-class corvettes, the INS Kiltan, being built under Project 28 was finally commissioned into Indian Navy by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Naval Dockyard, Vishakapatnam. The name Kiltan is derived from one of the islands in Aminidivi group of Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of islands.
The indigenously developed INS Kiltan is made up of 90% indigenous components. It was launched in Kolkata in 2013, by Chitra Joshi, wife of Admiral D. K. Joshi, then Naval Chief. It took nearly four years to complete with full sea trials.
The warship is equipped with torpedoes, anti-submarine warfare rockets, 76 mm caliber medium-range gun and two multi-barrel close-in-weapon systems with dedicated fire control radar systems, missile decoy rockets, advanced ESM system with advanced bow-mounted sonar and air surveillance radar Revathi made by DRDO.
The two other vessels of the Kamorta class, INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt, were commissioned into the Indian Navy in 2014 and in 2016 respectively.