Abhay-class corvette

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An Abhay-class corvette underway
Class overview
Name: Abhay class
Operators:  Indian Navy
Preceded by: Arnala class
Succeeded by: Kamorta class
Planned: 4
Completed: 4
Active: 3
Retired: 1
General characteristics
Type: Corvette
Displacement: 485 short tons (440 t)[1]
Length: 58.5 m (192 ft)[1]
Beam: 10.2 m (33 ft)[1]
Draught: 3.4 m (11 ft)[1]
Propulsion: 2 × Type M 521 diesel engines (16,184 PS, 11,903 kW)[1]
Speed: 28 kn (52 km/h)[1]
Range: 2,400 nmi (4,400 km) at 14 kn (26 km/h)[1]
Complement: 32 (includes 6 officers)[1]
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
2 × PK 16 chaff launchers[2]
  • 1 × quad Strela-2M (SA-N-5) SAM
  • 1 × 76 mm AK-176 gun[2]
  • 1 × 30 mm AK-630 gun
  • 4 × 533 mm torpedo tubes, SET-65E anti-submarine torpedoes
  • 2 × RBU-1200 five-tubed anti-submarine rocket launcher[1]

The Abhay-class corvettes of the Indian Navy are customized variants of the Soviet Pauk-class corvettes. The class is primarily intended for coastal patrol and anti-submarine warfare.

Three vessels of the class currently serve in the Indian Navy.[3]


Abhay class is modified from Pauk II class under Project 1241 PE. The ships were built at Volodarski shipyard in the former Soviet Union. Abhay class vessels are longer, have larger torpedo tubes and improved electronics when compared to the Pauk I class vessels.[1] The ships in the class were named after former Abhay-class seaward defence boats.[1][4]

Abhay class is to be upgraded with Abhay integrated sonar system developed by Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory.[5]

Ships of the class[edit]

Name Pennant Builder Homeport Commissioned Decommissioned Status
Abhay P33 Volodarski Mumbai 10 March 1989[1] Active
Ajay P34 Volodarski Mumbai 24 January 1990[1] Active
Akshay P35 Volodarski Mumbai 10 December 1990[1] Active
Agray P36 Volodarski Mumbai 30 January 1991[1] 27 January 2017 Decommissioned[6]

INS Agray was damaged in 2004 when an anti-submarine rocket fired from the onboard RBU-1200 launcher misfired and exploded on the side of the ship.[7] Following the accident, the vessel was converted into a patrol vessel and a trials ship for electronic warfare systems.[6]

The Ministry of Defense cleared acquisition of 16 shallow water anti-submarine vessels to replace the Abhay class of vessels.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Commodore Stephen Saunders, ed. (2005). "India". Jane's Fighting Ships 2005-2006 (108th ed.). Coulsdon: Jane's Information Group. p. 320. ISBN 0710626924.
  2. ^ a b Commodore Stephen Saunders, ed. (2008). "India". Jane's Fighting Ships 2008-2009 (111th ed.). Coulsdon: Jane's Information Group. p. 333. ISBN 978-0710628459.
  3. ^ "P 33 Abhay Class". globalsecurity.org. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  4. ^ Hiranandani, G. M. (2005). Transition to Eminence: The Indian Navy 1976-1990. Lancer Publishers. p. 44. ISBN 9788170622666.
  5. ^ "Locally made underwater sensors for Navy". The Hindu. 17 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b Mazumdar, Mrityunjoy (30 January 2017). "Indian Navy decommissions two ships". IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  7. ^ Bhatt, Arunkumar (8 February 2004). "Damaged ship being towed to dockyard". The Hindu.
  8. ^ "MoD clears Navy plans to get 16 shallow-water anti-sub vessels". The Tribune. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2014.