Indian destroyer INS Kochi conducts PASSEX with Russian Navy

According to information published by the Indian Government on January 16, 2022, the Indian Navy’s indigenously designed and built guided-missile destroyer, INS Kochi, exercised with Russian Federation Navy’s RFS Admiral Tributs and Kamov Ka-27 helicopter in the Arabian Sea.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Kamov Ka-27 helicopter on the deck of INS Kochi (Picture source: Indian Government)

The exercise showcased cohesiveness and interoperability between the two navies and included tactical manoeuvres, cross-deck helicopter operations and seamanship activities.

The Kamov Ka-27 is a military helicopter developed for the Soviet Navy, and currently in service in various countries including Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, China, South Korea, and India. Variants include the Ka-29 assault transport, the Ka-28 downgraded export version, and the Ka-32 for civilian use.

The Ka-27 is based on two rotors design spinning in opposite directions to give directional stability during flight. The Ka-27 is operated by a crew of 3, including the pilot, technical coordinator, an ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) systems operator for the Ka-27PL variant, or a winch operator for the Ka-27PS.

INS Kochi (D64) is the second ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyers built under the code name Project 15A for the Indian Navy. She was constructed by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. After undergoing extensive sea trials, she was commissioned to Indian Navy service on 30 September 2015.