Kolkata-class and Visakhapatnam-class Destroyers: News & Discussions

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Bon Plan

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Iam still not satisfied with the armament on the ship, only 16 brahmos?
The Chinese have a minimum of 90+ missiles on each ship....and still there is ample space left?
Why is it so hard for our planners to design a deadly ship?:confused:
Brahmos is an anti ship missile. A heavy and deadly missile (but still not war proven. Is its seeker good?). It's far than enough, be sure.

The 90+ for the chinese figure are SAM, not anti ship ones.
 
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Brahmos is an anti ship missile. A heavy and deadly missile (but still not war proven. Is its seeker good?). It's far than enough, be sure.

The 90+ for the chinese figure are SAM, not anti ship ones.
It's not 90+. It's 64 VLS ( ASM, LR SAM and quad packed MRSAM) for type 52D. The advantage is the flexibility to pack the 64 with different types of missiles, based on mission.
Kolkata class does not have that flexibility. It's 16 Brahmos and 32 Barak 8 LR SAMs.
 

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It's not 90+. It's 64 VLS ( ASM, LR SAM and quad packed MRSAM) for type 52D. The advantage is the flexibility to pack the 64 with different types of missiles, based on mission.
Kolkata class does not have that flexibility. It's 16 Brahmos and 32 Barak 8 LR SAMs.

I've read somewhere that there is enough space on the Kolkata for future upgrades.
 
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That's 32+32.

From what I know, 32+32 is the current inventory of Baraks on the Kolkata class. 32 are in ready to fire mode and 32 are available as a reload. So this number can be doubled to a total of 128 SAMs at max. Or a more typical number would be the addition of 32 more and bring the total to 96.
 
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Too early to say anything. We don't know what's underneath it.

At the rear too, there's the two hangars.
Correct. But considering that navy designers have overall done a good job with Kolkata class, I would expect them to load the ship with similar no of Anti ship missiles as destroyers from other countries or at least leave space for future up-gradation. In case they didn't leave space in Kolkata class, they would have definitely fixed that in Vishakhapatanam class. Since Vizag class did not go through any major structural changes, it can assumed with high probability that Navy designers have already taken care of that aspect. After all if we can see the issue, the professionals must have thought it through.
Plus it's not only the destroyers, our frigates are under armed too. So there is a pattern which indicates that more Nirbhay/Brahmos launchers will be added a later stage.
In the end, it's just a guess. @vstol Jockey What is your opinion on this?
 
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