Griffon-GRSE 8000 TD-Class Hovercraft

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Griffon/Grse 8000 TD class is a series of hovercraft designed by M/s Griffon Hovercraft Ltd, Southampton, England and jointly built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata and Griffon for the Indian Coast Guard.

Design[edit]

The Hovercraft's hull are made of light weight marine grade aluminium alloy. They are powered by two 588 KW radiator cooled MTU Diesel Engines, with 2.6 m variable pitch propellers and have 1.25 m skirt to enable the craft of the series to sprint speed of 53.5 knots with high speed patrolling capacity in coastal shallow waters, marshy areas, creeks as well as deep seas. The craft are also fitted also with a 12.7 mm gun. The crafts are intended to be used for search and rescue operation, assistance to ships and craft in distress and interruption and interdiction of offending vessels day and night.

Order[edit]

The Indian Coast Guard acquired six 8000TDs in 2001. Two of the Griffon 8000TD(M)s were manufactured at GHL’s boatyard in Southampton England, and four were assembled from completely knocked-down kits (CKD’s) by GRSE in Calcutta, India. In 2010, Griffon Hoverwork won another £34 million contract to supply the Indian Coast Guard with twelve 8000TD hovercrafts.

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Griffon Hovercraft
H-189

Ships of the class[edit]

Name Pennant Number Date of commission Remark
ICGS H 181 18 Sep 2000 Made by Griffon
ICGS H 182 21 Sep 2001 Made by Griffon
ICGS H 183 21 Sep 2001
ICGS H 184 Delivered in October 2001
ICGS H 185 Delivered in November 2001
ICGS H 186 2002
ICGS H 187 11 June 2012
ICGS H 188 12 December 2012
ICGS H 189 20 November 2012
ICGS H 190 13 February 2013
ICGS H 191 10 Apr 2013

Specifications[edit]

  • Displacement : 27 tonnes
  • Length : 21.15 meter
  • Beam : 11.3 meter
  • Speed : 42 Knots
  • Armament : one 12.7 mm MG
  • Power : 2 MTU 12V183 TB32 Diesels
  • Propulsion : 2 Ducted CP aircrew props, 1600 bhp
  • Range : 365/42
  • Crew : 4 plus 80 troops.
  • Fuel : 2000 Liters

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