Anti-Submarine Craft INS Androth
India recently launched the INS Androth, as part of an eight-ship series of Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft (ASW SWC). The ASW SWC was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata and is designed to conduct anti-submarine operations in coastal waters, low intensity maritime operations and mine laying operations.
Specifications of the INS Androth
The INS Androth is approximately 77.6 meters long, 10.5 meters wide, and requires a draught of only 2.7 meters. It is propelled by three diesel-driven water jets, enabling it to attain a maximum speed of 25 knots. The ship is equipped with hull mounted sonar and a low frequency variable depth sonar, lightweight torpedoes, ASW rockets and mines, a close-in weapon system (with a 30 mm gun) and 16.7 mm stabilised remote-controlled guns.
Coastal Surveillance and ASW Operations
The ASW SWC is capable of carrying out a full-scale sub-surface surveillance of coastal waters and various surface platforms. It can effortlessly coordinate with aircraft in ASW operations. Despite its small size, the ship is expected to pack a lethal punch. The INS Androth and its fellow craft will play a vital role in securing India’s coastal waters and combating any potential threats to the nation’s maritime security.
Combat-Ready and Future Proof Force
The development of specialized vessels helps create a combat ready and future proof force that can tackle the current and emerging challenges in the maritime domain. INS Androth’s launch indicates India’s commitment to strengthening its naval capabilities and ensuring the nation’s maritime security.
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