Mumbai: India got its own stealth warship on Thursday when the indigenously manufactured INS Shivalik was commissioned into the Navy by Defence Minister AK Antony in Mumbai on Thursday.
The warship weighs 6000 tons, but can sail the seas nimbler than a shark. The warship can hoodwink the enemy, thanks to a low radar profile. INS Shivalik is the first of India's indigenously made stealth frigates.
Built at a cost of Rs 2,500 crore, INS Shivalik's induction puts India in the elite club of developed nations with stealth warships,. The 143-metre-long vessel comes armed with modern weapons including Barak surface-to-air missiles and the Shtil air defence system. INS Shivalik can stay at sea for upto three weeks without being replenished. But best of all for the crew INS Shivalik has many more on-board facilities than other Navy warships. It even comes with an electric chapati-maker and dosa-maker
"With the atmosphere in our neighbourhood, we have to maintain high level of operational readiness. Only a professional Navy can meet such challenges," said Antony at the commissioning.
Post 26/11, warships like INS Shivalik have become the need of the day for the Navy, in defending India's coastline from an attack.