Guided missile destroyer INS Imphal launched


  • The Indian Navy launched its third guided missile destroyer ‘INS Imphal’ as part of its Project 15B on 20 April 2019.
  • The Navy had launched INS Vishakhapatnam, the first Project 15B ship, in April 2015, while the second ship, INS Mormugao, was launched in September 2016.
  • The INS Imphal was designed indigenously by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design.


  • Each ship under Project-15B spans 163-metre in length and 17.4-metre at beam, with a displacement of 7,300-tonne.
  • These ships, which can operate two multi-role helicopters each, are propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speed in excess of 30 knots.
  • These Guided missile destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and manoeuvrability.
  • The Project 15B missile destroyers are modern warships equipped with latest weapons package in continuation of lineage of the highly successful Delhi and Kolkata Class ships.
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