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Sukanya-class patrol vessel
INS Sujata.jpg
INS Sujata (P56) in Cochin, India.
Class overview
Operators:  Indian Navy
 Sri Lanka Navy
Completed: 7
Active: 7
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Displacement: 1,890 tons (full load)[1]
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)
Complement: 70
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 × Racal Decca 2459 search radar
1 BEL 1245 navigation radar

1 × 40 mm, 60-cal Bofors anti-aircraft gun
2 × 12.7 mm machine guns

P51 added: 1 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.[2]

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

Name Pennant Builder Homeport Launched Commissioned Status
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.


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