In a development that will be helping India to boost its naval warfare capabilities, indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette INS Kiltan has been commissioned into the Indian Navy. The commissioning of the anti-submarine vessel was done at the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam. The vessel was inaugurated today by Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the vessel, Sitharaman said that INS Kiltan is a proud moment for the Make in India program, as the vessel has been entirely made in the country. She said that the vessel will significantly boost the naval defense system.
According to an official statement, INS Kiltan joins the other warships that have been indigenously developed such as the Shivalik-class, Kolkata-class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt. Together, these represent a potent force and have the capability to take on any type of enemies. These are armed with a wide variety of weapons, sensors and radars and operate to provide a comprehensive security cover across the wide coastlines of the country. One of the most distinguishing features is the stealth capability of INS Kiltan. The vessel comprises a superstructure of carbon fiber composite material, which gives it superior stealth capabilities. It also reduces maintenance costs and makes it more agile by reducing the overall weight of the vessel.
The commissioning of INS Kiltan was attended by Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command H.S. Bisht and other senior officers.