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Delhi class

Guided-missile destroyer

Delhi class destroyer

The Delhi class guided-missile destroyers are armed with SS-N-25 Switchblade anti-ship missiles

Entered service 1997
Crew 360 men
Sea endurance ?
Dimensions and displacement
Length 163 m
Beam 17 m
Draught 6.5 m
Displacement, standard ?
Displacement, full load 6 700 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 32 knots
Gas turbines 2 x 64 000 shp
Helicopters 1 x Sea King Mk 42 or 2 x ALH
Artillery 1 x 100-mm AK-100 gun, 4 x AK-630 six-barrel 30-mm close-in weapon systems
Missiles 16 x Uran (SS-N-25 Switchblade) surface-to-surface missiles, 2 x Kashmir SAM launchers.
Torpedoes 5 x 533-mm torpedo tubes
Other 2 x RBU-6000 anti-submarine mortars


   The construction of the Delhi class, the largest warships yet built in India, was delayed by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Black Sea naval yards being taken over by the newly independent Ukraine. Delhi was laid down in 1987 and launched in 1991 but was not commissioned for another six years. Mysore was commissioned in 1999 and Mumbai in 2001. These are very much multinational platforms, with Russian Kashmir surface-to-air missiles, Canadian sonar mountings, Dutch radar, and French and Italian electronics systems.

   Intended to serve as command ships for task forces, all three vessels have flag facilities and are designed to be able to operate in an NBC contaminated area. The Delhis sport massive blast deflectors associated with the Moskit (SS-N-22 'Sunburn') anti-shipping missiles, which they may have been intended to carry. Instead, they are armed with Uran (SS-N-25 Switchblade) an active radar-homing surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 130 km and a 145-kg warhead. Four quadruple launchers are fitted, and the missiles can be launched at intervals of a few seconds.

   The Kashmir SAM with which the Delhi class are equipped is the export version of the Uragan (SA-N-7 'Gadfly'). This Mach-3 semi-active homing missile has a maximum range of 25 km against aircraft and about half that against missiles. It can sustain 23 g manoeuvres and carries a 70-kg warhead. The fire-control radars can track 12 targets and illuminate and track six. There are reportedly plans to arm the Delhi and Rajput class with the Israeli Barak surface-to-air missiles, designed to kill sea-skimming missiles, a task for which the Delhis currently carry four six-barrel 30-mm gun systems. The Delhis carry a single Sea King Mk.42 or two ALH helicopters for anti-submarine warfare.

   The Delhi class was succeeded by the new Kolkata class of stealthy guided missile destroyers. The lead ship, INS Kolkata, was commissioned in 2014.


Delhi class destroyer

Delhi class destroyer

Delhi class destroyer

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