SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
A Promo video of the Indian Navy showcased a graphical rendition of what could be a possible concept of the upcoming Next-Generation Destroyer (NGD) class warships that featured a canister-based universal Vertical Launch System with 144 missiles placed in three 6×4 VLS 2 configuration that is placed at the bow and aft. NGD can also be seen with 8 slant launchers behind the main radar possibly for the BrahMos-2.
Next-Generation Destroyer (NGD) class warships are a clean slate design that is still under the design phase and will be the successor to the Visakhapatnam-class destroyers. NGD configuration is likely to be finalized sometime in 2024 with construction starting in 2025-26 with induction happening in 2031.
Visakhapatnam-class destroyers and the predecessor Kolkata class destroyers have been often ridiculed for carrying only 32 Barak-ER Air defense missiles system and 16 BrahMos anti-ship missiles that were classified as under-weaponized since many similar classes of warships like Chinese Type 052D destroyer have 64 cells while Japanese Atago-class destroyer has 96 cells.
NGD will have displacement for the 13,000 Standard tonnes for six warships that have been planned at an estimated cost of 50000 crores. NGD will be in the same class as the Chinese Type 055 destroyer (112 VLS cells), or the U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser (122 VLS cells).
Not all cells of the NGD will be configured only for Air defense systems and some will likely carry Long range anti-ship missiles and even Hypersonic cruise missiles.
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