Chennai Guided Destroyer (INS Chennai D65)
The Chennai destroyer (INS D65) is the third ship of the Kolkata-class destroyers constructed by the Indian Navy as indigenous technology system. The destroyer is expected to have stealth capabilities and is classified as a Guided Missile Destroyer. Since the Chennai was laid down in February 2006 (10 years ago), she has beenconstructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) located in Mumbai. INS Chennai is the last of the three ships built under the code name Project 15A.
There are two other ships constructed in the Kolkata-class: INS Kolkatta and INS Kochi Stealth Guided Destroyers. The Chennai destroyer is expected to be in commission on 21 November 2016. For details of the technical specifications and weapon systems of the Chennai Guided Destroyer see the below table:
Chennai Guided Destroyer D-65 Technical Specifications
|Class and type:||Kolkata-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||7,500 t (8,300 short tons)|
|Length:||163 m (535 ft)|
|Beam:||17.4 m (57 ft)|
|Speed:||In excess of 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
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