- Oct 16, 2019
The Navy wants the Kamorta class corvette to be a purely ASW corvette and not a multirole corvette.I just wanna say that as per displacement of Kamorta Class stealth corvettes, the armament is insufficient which is a great concern for the Navy as being the modern corvette but under armed as compared to its counterparts like Turkish Ada Class of MILGEM Project, Type 056/056A of PLA Navy & Braunschweig Class of the Germany Navy, Khareef Class & Qahir Class of the Royal Navy of Oman & Sigma Corvettes of the Indonesian Navy, etc. India needs to arm these warships with modern & more effective weapons. Kamorta Class with displacement of about 3,300 Tonnes is close to many frigates around the world like the MEKO-200 Series of frigates but least armed. Kamorta Class has an option for BARAK 1 & 8 SAM but it is still unclear whether they gonna get integrated in these warships. The ship still incomplete & needs to be equipped at it's full potential.
The biggest problem is that the weapons meant for it are still under-development.
Barak 8 is not an option due to its high cost(32 Barak 8 missiles cost as much as the Kamorta).
Barak-1 is quite old now, no point in integrating it with a supposedly next generation corvette.
It will be a few years until VL-SRSAM is in service with the Indian Navy.
SMART will have to be scaled down to a 50-100km variant to reduce its overall size so that it can be integrated into the Kamorta hull, that is still a few years away as it still has to complete a series of developmental and user trials.