On Wednesday, the Indian Navy commissioned its newest and most powerful destroyer, the INS Kochi. At 7,500 tonnes, the Kochi, which has been built at Mazgaon Docks, Mumbai, is one of the largest ships of its class in the world and incorporates state of the art sensors and weapon systems. The most potent sensor on the Kochi is the Israeli built MF-STAR phased array radar capable to tracking targets several hundreds of kilometres away. The Kochi is also armed with a new generation of Surface to Air Missiles, the Indo-Israeli Barak-8 which can reportedly intercept enemy aircraft and missiles 100 kilometres away. The Kochi is the second in a class of three Kolkata class destroyers being built in India.
The Navy's latest destroyer named Kochi is being commissioned by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Mumbai on Wednesday.
The 7,500 ton destroyer has cost Rs.3900 crores and has been built over a period of ten years at Mazgaon Docks Limited, Mumbai.
The Kochi's 76mm Oto-Melara Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) being tested ahead of the ship being commissioned.
The Kochi's 76mm Super Rapid Gun mount in the foreground with the large Israeli built MF-STAR phased array radar visible on top of the mast of the Kochi.
The Bridge of the Kochi.
The Kochi's RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launcher, Barak missile silos and main gun visible from the Bridge of the Kochi.
The Machinery Control Room (MCR) onboard the destroyer Kochi.
Crew rest areas on the Kochi.
Automatic dosa maker in the galley of the Kochi. The galley feeds a crew of 390 officers and men.