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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Inside India's New and Deadliest Warship

The Kochi's RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launcher, Barak missile silos and main gunOn a dark moonlit night, an Indian warship pierced the waters of the South China Sea at a brisk 25 knots. The only sound to be heard was of waves slapping the sides of her sleek hull.

To the untrained eye, she was all but invisible. Her sleek silhouette and her grey paint scheme ensured she blended in with the sea around her. And her distinct, angular lines were meant to make it difficult, if not impossible, for enemy radars to track her - she was, after all, a stealth warship.

But tonight would be different. Tonight, INS Kochi, a state-of-the-art Indian Navy destroyer, built in India over a decade, would be challenged by a worthy adversary. Another stealth ship - a Type 052D destroyer of the Chinese Navy, the Changsha.

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