On 23 August India commissioned its first 3,100-ton Kamorta-class (Project 28) corvette into service. Designed primarily for antisubmarine (ASW) warfare, the 358-foot ship was built domestically by Garden Reach Shipbuilding and Engineering Company. Launched in early 2010, the Kamorta has yet to receive her full armament and sensor load-out, but she is expected to be fitted with surface-to-air missiles, ASW rockets and torpedoes, a 76-mm gun, and possibly antiship missiles. In addition to carrying a single sub-hunting helicopter and hull-mounted sonar, a towed-array sonar system will be backfitted at a later date. Her four diesel engines enable a top speed of 25 knots and a maximum range of 3,450 nautical miles, and significant efforts have been made to reduce the vessel’s radar, infrared, magnetic, and acoustic signatures. The class can also be used for exclusive-economic-zone patrol, fisheries protection, and search-and-rescue duties. Three sister ships are under construction, and additional units are planned.
By Eric Wertheim