Imphal, Indian Navy’s advanced guided missile destroyer, launched in Mumbai

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  1. The Indian Navy has launched guided missile destroyer Imphal at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai. It has been named after the Battle of Imphal and Kohima that were fought between British and Japanese Army during World War II in 1944.
  2. Imphal is the third ship to be launched under Project 15-B. It is a project which is aimed at adding state-of-the-art warships to the naval fleet. Under the project, ships are built to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters.
  3. The first Project 15-B ship, INS Vishakhapatnam, was launched in 2015. The second ship, INS Mormugao, was launched in 2016. All Project 15-B ships have been designed indigenously by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design.
  4. These ships are packed with an array of state-of-the-art weapons and sensors. They include multi-functional surveillance radars and vertically launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore, sea-based and air targets.