The government has given its nod for the acquisition of a new class of stealth destroyers for the Indian Navy that will augment its force levels and replace ageing warships. The nod for four of the new Project 15 B stealth destroyers was given by the Cabinet Committee on Security meeting on Thursday that also discussed projects for fencing along the International Border.
The four Project 15 B destroyers,which will be fully designed and manufactured indigenously,are estimated to be valued at over Rs 20,000 crore and will be another feather in the cap for Indian shipyards,which have over the past few years reduced dependence on foreign yards to a minimum.
The warships will most likely be built by the Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL),which is currently rolling out the Shivalik Project 15 A stealth destroyers and has achieved expertise in modular construction. The new warships,with an expected displacement of 6,800 tons will be an improvement over the Shivalik class,the first class of stealth warships to be built in India. The navy is on a modernisation drive with several new warships,including two aircraft carriers,to be added to its fleet over the next five years.