|Sukanya-class patrol vessel|
INS Sujata (P56) in Cochin, India.
Sri Lanka Navy
|Displacement:||1,890 tons (full load)|
|Length:||101 m (331 ft)|
|Beam:||11.5 m (38 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 × diesel engines, 12,800 bhp (9,540 kW), 2 shafts|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
|Range:||7,000 nmi (13,000 km; 8,100 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Sensors and |
1 × Racal Decca 2459 search radar|
1 BEL 1245 navigation radar
Dhanush ballistic missile|
P55 added: 2 × 25 mm, 80-cal anti-aircraft guns
|Aircraft carried:||1 HAL Chetak|
The Sukanya-class patrol vessels are large, offshore patrol craft in active service with the Indian Navy. Three lead ships were built by Korea Tacoma, now part of Hanjin Group. Vessels of the Sukanya class are named after notable women from Indian epics.
The Sukanya class have large hulls, although they are lightly armed since they are utilized primarily for offshore patrol of India's exclusive economic zone. However, they are capable of being heavily armed and upgraded to light frigates should the need arise. Two vessels of the class, INS Subhadra and INS Suvarna have been used as test beds for installation of the Dhanush ship-based ballistic missile launch system. This includes the stabilization platform for enabling the ships to launch the missiles in stormy conditions.
INS Sarayu was sold to Sri Lanka and renamed SLNS Sayura. She was recently equipped with Yingi YJ-82 anti-ship missiles and surface to air missiles. Currently she serves as the flagship of the Sri Lanka Navy and obtained several remarkable naval victories against the naval branch (Sea Tigers) of the Tamil Tiger rebels.
Ships of the class
|Sukanya||P50||Korea Tacoma||Mumbai||1989||31 August 1989||Active|
|Subhadra||P51||Korea Tacoma||Mumbai||1989||25 January 1990||Active|
|Suvarna||P52||Korea Tacoma||Mumbai||22 August 1990||4 April 1991||Active|
|Savitri||P53||Hindustan Shipyard Limited||Visakhapatnam||23 May 1989||27 November 1990||Active|
|Sarayu||P54||Hindustan Shipyard Limited||16 October 1989||8 October 1991||Sold to Sri Lanka Navy in 2000 as SLNS Sayura|
|Sharada||P55||Hindustan Shipyard Limited||Kochi||22 August 1990||27 October 1991||Active|
|Sujata||P56||Hindustan Shipyard Limited||Kochi||25 October 1991||3 November 1993||Active|
- Indian Navy - Total 7 ships constructed in this class. One ship sold to Sri Lanka navy. 6 ships remain in active service.
- Sri Lanka Navy - 1 ship purchased from Indian navy.
- "Indian Naval Ships-OPV-Sukanya Class". Archived from the original on 2012-02-23. http://web.archive.org/web/20120223133452/http://indiannavy.nic.in/opv_sukanya.htm.
- Pandit, Rajat (22 August 2006). "Navy, IAF induct Prithvi". http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2006-08-22/india/27816313_1_prithvi-ii-missile-squadrons-ins-subhadra.
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