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Indian Navy to Fit Kolkata-class and Project 15-B Destroyers with Russian AK-630 CIWS.


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Naval Forces News - India
 
 
 
Indian Navy to Fit Kolkata-class and Project 15-B Destroyers with Russian AK-630 CIWS
 
India will equip the newest Project-15A (Kolkata)/Project-15B (Visakhapatnam) destroyers and Project-28 (Kamorta) frigates with Russian 30mm AK-630 close-in weapon systems (CIWS), according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute`s (SIPRI) arms transfer database.
     
India will equip the newest Project-15A (Kolkata)/Project-15B (Visakhapatnam) destroyers and Project-28 (Kamorta) frigates with Russian 30mm AK-630 close-in weapon systems (CIWS), according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute`s (SIPRI) arms transfer database.
INS Kochi, 2nd Kolkata-class destroyer, during sea trials. Picture: Indian Navy
     
Moscow and New Delhi signed the first contract for 20 AK-630 CIWS systems in 2003 and the related deliveries started in 2014. The guns were intended for three Project-15A destroyers and eight Project-28 frigates being built by Indian companies. By end-2015, India had received eight AK-630 systems under the first contract.

The second contract for 16 AK-630s was reportedly signed in 2013. The guns are supposed to be installed on four Project-15B destroyers. The deliveries under the second contract have yet to be started.
     
Video: AK-630M CIWS
     
India is also producing Russian naval weapons and equipment under license. In 2003, Moscow and New Delhi signed the contract for licensed manufacturing of 14 RBU-6000 anti-submarine multiple launch rocket systems (ASW MLRS) for three Project-15A destroyers and four Project-28 frigates. The related deliveries started in 2014. As of end-2015, Indian Navy got eight RBU-6000 ASW MRLS systems.

In 2000, India started the licensed production of Russian Garpun air search radars (designated Aparna in Indian service). Nine Garpuns were initially supposed to be manufactured. By end-2014, seven radars had been delivered. The Garpun radars are intended for three Project-15A destroyers, three Project-16A (Brahmaputra) frigates and three Project-17 (Shivalik) frigates. The radars will be integrated with Kh-35 (SS-N-25 Switchblade) anti-ship missiles (ASM).

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