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INS Satpura: India’s warship reached America’s west coast for the first time, know how powerful INS Satpura is

Indian Navy warship INS Satpura created history by reaching the US this month. This warship had reached San Diego, USA, to participate in the Amrit Festival of Independence organized on the occasion of 75 years of independence. This was the first time that an Indian Navy warship had reached the west coast of North America. To make the occasion special, India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu himself reached San Diego and boarded the Indian warship INS Satpura. US Department of Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro was also present with Sandhu. The US visit of INS Satpura was part of the Indian Navy’s strategic deployment of warships to six continents, three oceans and six different time zones. India, on the occasion of completion of 75 years of independence, showed that its navy is capable of carrying out operations in any part of the world.

INS Satpura is a stealth multirole frigate

INS Satpura is a Shivalik class stealth multi-role frigate inducted into the Indian Navy. It is equipped with advanced stealth features as compared to the previous Talwar class warships. Not only this, this warship has been equipped with many new powerful weapon systems to attack the strategic targets of the enemies. INS Satpura was built at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. Its foundation was laid on 31 October 2002, while it was launched on 4 June 2004. Several sea trials of this warship were also conducted till 2010. During this, some changes were also made in view of the need. Thereafter, INS Satpura was commissioned into the Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam on 20 August 2011.

More than one weapon near INS Satpura

INS Satpura is equipped with Russian, Indian and Israeli Weapon Systems. These include 76mm Otobrada naval guns, Club and Brahmos supersonic anti-ship missiles, Shtil-1 anti-aircraft missiles, RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers and 6-324 mm ILAS 3 (2 triple) torpedoes. It also has a 32-cell vertical launch system, in which Barak missiles are deployed. Apart from this, AK-630 has also been fitted with Close-in Weapon System (CIWS). The warship carries two HAL Dhruv or Sea King Mk.42B helicopters.

INS Satpura Warship Designed and Built in India

The construction of the Shivalik class was conceived in the 1990s to meet the requirement of stealth-featured warships for the Indian Navy. Warships of this class were to be designed and built in India. Its design has been prepared by the Directorate of Naval Design. The 5000 ton stealth frigates (Project 17) are equipped with advanced signature suppression and signature management features. The Indian Navy placed an order in 1999 for the construction of three warships of this class. There are many such features in the warships of this class, which have been included for the first time.

Many systems were used for the first time in Satpura

Combined diesel or gas propulsion systems have been used in the Shivalik class of warships. This is the first class in the Indian Navy to use such a propulsion system. Its gearbox has been designed and manufactured by Elcon Engineering. Key features of this class include stealth feature and ground attack capability. These warships are equipped with structural, thermal and acoustic stealth features. Warships of this class use 10 Gigabit LAN for their network. The warships of this class have emphasis on providing more spacious accommodation and also on the comfort of the crew. In addition, INS Shivalik is the first ship of the Indian Navy to include chapati and dosa making machines.

Know the sensors and radar of INS Satpura

A wide array of electronics and sensors are deployed on board INS Satpura. This includes 1 MR-760 Fregate M2EM 3-D radar, 4 MR-90 Orekh radars, 1 ELTA EL/M-2238 STAR radar, 2 ELTA EL/M-2221 STGR radars and 1 BEL Aparna radar.

Know the Shivalik Class Warships

The Shivalik class frigate is also known as Project 17. INS Satpura is also one of them. So far, three warships of the Shivalik class have been built and all three are serving active duty in the Indian Navy. These are the first stealth warships built in India. At present, the construction of seven more warships is also proposed by the name of Project 17A by updating the Shivalik class. All warships of this class were built at Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai. This class was named after the Shivalik mountain range of the Himalayas.

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