INS Imphal, The First Indigenous Stealth-Guided Missile Destroyer Inducted Into The Navy

Syllabus: GS-III

Source: Indian Express

Subject: Internal Security.

Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas.

Issue: INS Imphal induction into Indian Navy.

Context: INS Imphal (Pennant D68), the third of four warships of Project 15B, is set to be commissioned into the Indian Navy.


  • INS Imphal, the third ship of Project 15B and part of the Visakhapatnam class, was commissioned on December 26, 2023.

Technological Characteristics:

  • Visakhapatnam-class destroyers are Propelled by a ‘combined gas and gas’ (COGAG) configuration, reaching a max speed of 30 knots and a range of 4000 nautical miles.
  • Crewed by around 350 personnel with superior ergonomics and habitability.

Armament and Capabilities:

  • Equipped with BrahMos and Barak-8 missiles for long-range engagement.
  • Main gun, AK-630 guns for close-point engagement, torpedo launchers, and anti-submarine rocket launchers.

Strategic Significance:

  • Visakhapatnam-class destroyers operate as independent offense platforms and offer strategic advantages in naval operations.
  • Incorporates stealth features, making it difficult to detect, and a high indigenous component providing a strategic edge.

Naval Operations:

  • Guided-missile destroyers play a crucial role in protecting fleets and carrier battle groups.
  • Designed for anti-aircraft, anti-surface, and anti-submarine warfare, contributing significantly to offensive naval operations.


What is Project 15 B?

  • The Visakhapatnam-class destroyers, commonly known as the P-15 Bravo-class destroyers or just P-15B, are a series of guided-missile warships currently under construction for the Indian Navy.
  • The P-15 class is an updated version of its forerunner, the Kolkata class, with enhanced stealth, mechanization, and armament capabilities.
  • Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) is building four ships as part of the Make in India project.
  • INS Visakhapatnam and INS Mormugao were commissioned earlier, and INS Surat is yet to be commissioned.
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