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Israel’s Long Range-Surface to Air Missile is the main air defense weapon onboard INS Kolkata
The long-range missile is a joint venture between India and Israel, which is currently under development. This weapon will protect INS Kolkata, India’s largest warship, from an aerial attack.

Inducting the country's largest indigenously built warship, INS Kolkata, into the Indian Navy, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi said the defense forces would be modernized to ensure that "no one can dare challenge us".


Dedicating the first of the Kolkata Class guided missile destroyers to the nation, he said military might was the biggest deterrent to war. "Fighting a war and winning it has now become less difficult these days. But a modern military, armed with state of the art weaponry alone is a guarantee against war. When we are capable, no one can dare challenge us," Mr. Modi said addressing naval officers and sailors at the Naval Dockyard here after commissioning the warship.


"When people have a sense of our military capability, nobody will ever dare to cast an evil eye on our nation," he said, describing INS Kolkata as proof of India's intellectual prowess.


Stressing the importance of maritime security in fast expanding global trade and commerce, the Prime Minister said India, with its vast coastline, was playing a major role in it. "In the coming days, INS Kolkata will inspire confidence to those involved in maritime trade. INS Kolkata is also a great communication platform and will be useful in securing India's trade interests at sea," he said.


Defence Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley congratulated the Navy on the commissioning of INS Kolkata.


The warship, constructed by the Mazagon Dockyards Limited, has been designed by Navy's design bureau. The 6,800 tonne warship is a technology demonstrator and will showcase a giant leap in indigenous shipbuilding technology.


INS Kolkata will be a part of the Kolkata Class destroyers of the Indian Navy, which will include follow-on ships by the name of INS Kochi and INS Chennai respectively.


The keel of the warship was laid down in September 2003 and the ship was launched in 2006. Its original commissioning was planned in 2010 but there were delays.


The ship had also suffered a mishap during the trial phase when a Navy officer lost his life during an incident in the fire-fighting equipment of the vessel.


The warship was, however, commissioned without its main air defence weapon, which protects the vessel from aerial attacks. The Long Range-Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) is under development in a joint venture between India and Israel and is expected to complete its trials in September and would then be available for deployment on board the warship, Rear Admiral Mr. AB Singh confirmed recently.



Mr. Singh said that the 6,800-tonne warship would have close-in weapon systems and chaffes to provide protection along with its two main guns.


The LR-SAM is the main air defense weapon of the naval warships in future but the programme has been delayed due to technical glitches. Navy officials said the four rear motors of the missile system have been sent to Israel for testing but have been stuck in transit in South Korea due to the on-going conflict in West Asia.


The motors have now been recalled and would be sent to Israel at a later date, they said. At this point, the warship will not have a towed array sonar as the DRDO is still in the process of developing it, the Navy officials said.


Source: Indoiink 


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