Three warships make up the Delhi-class surface destroyer group of the modern Indian Navy - INS Delhi (D61), INS Mysore (D60) and INS Mumbai (D62). The class was adopted to succeed the older Rajput-class boats but have been superseded themselves by the newer Kolkata-class. Nevertheless, all three ships remain in active status with the Indian Navy. INS Mysore, the second ship of the group, was ordered on March 20th, 1992 and saw her keel laid down by Mazagon Dock Limited on June 4th, 1993. She was officially commissioned for service on June 2nd, 1999 and fighters under the motto of "Always Fearless".
As built, the warship displaces 6,835 tons and has a length of 535 feet, a beam of 56 feet and a draught of 21 feet. Power involves 2 x AM-50 gas turbines of 54,000 horsepower coupled with 2 x Marine diesels outputting 10,000 horsepower driving 2 x Shafts astern. The gas turbines are used for additional boost power while the diesels offer the needed cruising power. This powerplant mix maximizes fuel efficiency. Speeds can reach 32 knots and range is out to 5,000 miles.
Aboard is a crew of 360. A pair of medium-lift helicopters (and applicable aircrew) are also supported thanks to the hangar/helipad combination seen at the stern of the vessel. The warship carries all-modern radar, communications and sensor equipment as well as hull-mounted and variable-depth sonar systems.
The idea behind modern guided-missile destroyers is hunting enemy vessels (including submarines) while also supporting the main surfacing fleet - as such, INS Mysore is designed to operate independently of the main fleet or with it and can tackle a range of mission types.
Armament includes a mix of missile- and projectile-minded weaponry. 4 x Quadruple launchers serve the 16 x SS-N-25 Surface-to-Surface Missile (SSM) stock and 2 x SA-N-7 Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launchers counter inbound aerial threats at range. There is a traditional 100mm turreted deck gun set over the forecastle and 4 x 30mm AK-630 series Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs) featured. Additionally the warship is outfitted with 2 x RBU-6000 Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launchers and 5 x 21" (533mm) torpedoes set within quintuple launchers.
The warship's profile is consistent with the class with mush of the primary armament featured towards the bow. The bridge section takes its normal place in the design behind and above the forecastle and the main mast is integrated into its lines. Aft of this is the first smoke funnel and this is of a low-profile design. The secondary mast is featured at midships with the second smoke funnel aft. At the extreme end of the destroyer is the hangar and flight deck area offering an obstructed approach for helicopters. One helicopter can be featured on the helipad at a time with a second specimen housed in the hangar. These aircraft can be outfitted with Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) / Anti-Ship equipment and provide an eyes-in-the-skies capability to the ship. Additionally, the systems can help resupply the warship while at sea.
Notable actions involving INS Mysore have been ongoing since 2008 and she has served in the security/deterrence and anti-piracy roles for the Indian government. In 2011 she was used to relocate Indian nationals out of the Libyan warzone following the start of its civil war. Again the warship was used in this fashion during the 2014 anti-ISIS actions in northern Iraq and operated from the Gulf of Aden.
INS Delhi (D61); INS Mysore (D60); INS Mumbai (D62)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
✓Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.
535.0 ft 163.07 m
56.0 ft 17.07 m
21.0 ft 6.40 m
2 x AM-50 gas turbines (boosters) developing 54,000 horsepower with 2 x Marine diesels (cruising) developing 10,000 horsepower to 2 x Shafts astern.
32.0 kts (36.8 mph)
4,345 nm (5,000 mi | 8,047 km)
kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers
1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
1 x 100mm AK-100 turreted deck gun
4 x Quadruple launchers for 16 x SS-N-25 Surface-to-Surface Missiles (SSMs).
2 x SA-N-7 Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs)
4 x 30mm AK-630 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
2 x RBU-6000 Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launchers.
5 x 21" (533mm) quintuple torpedo launchers (10 total torpedoes).
(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
2 x Westland Sea King (or equivalent) navy medium-lift helicopters supported off of stern flight deck.
Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective naval campaigns / operations / periods.
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