The Indian Navy’s latest indigenous guided missile destroyer Yard 12706, also known as Imphal, scored ‘Bull’s Eye’ in her first Brahmos fire at sea on Wednesday, the first-ever test-firing of the extended-range Brahmos missile by a warship before commissioning.
Imphal is the third ship of the Indian Navy’s Visakhapatnam-class stealth-guided missile destroyer fleet.
It is a symbol of indigenous shipbuilding and one of the world’s most technologically sophisticated warships, developed by the Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau (WDB) and built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai.
Imphal was named after the Indian soldiers who fought in the Battle of Imphal during World War II. It is a powerful and adaptable platform outfitted with cutting-edge weaponry and sensors. The destroyer is 164 meters long and has a displacement of 7,400 tons.
Approximately 75% of the ship is outfitted with indigenous content, including medium-range surface-to-air missiles (BEL, Bangalore), BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles (BrahMos Aerospace, New Delhi), indigenous torpedo tube launchers (Larsen and Toubro, Mumbai), indigenous anti-submarine rocket launchers (Larsen and Toubro, Mumbai), and 76mm super rapid gun mount (BHEL, Haridwar).
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