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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