Godavari-class frigate

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INS Godavari (F20) during Malabar 2008.jpg
INS Godavari
Class overview
Name: Godavari class
Builders: Mazagon Dock Limited
Operators:  Indian Navy
Preceded by: Nilgiri class
Succeeded by: Brahmaputra class
In commission: 1983 – present
Planned: 3
Completed: 3
Active: 1
Retired: 2[1]
General characteristics
Type: Guided-missile frigate
  • 3,600 tonnes (standard)
  • 3,850 tonnes (full load)
Length: 126.5 m (415 ft 0 in)[2]
Beam: 14.5 m (47 ft 7 in)[2]
Draught: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)[2]
  • 2 × Babcock & Wilcox boilers 38.7 kg/cm2 (550 psi)
  • 2 × steam turbines 30,000 hp (22,400 kW)
  • 2 shafts[2]
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h)[2]
Range: 4,500 nmi (8,300 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)[2]
Complement: 313 (incl. 40 officers, 13 air crew)[2]
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar
  • Signaal LW08 D-band air search radar
  • MR-310U Angara (NATO:Head Net C) E/F-band 3D air/surface radar
  • 2 × Signaal ZW06 or Don Kay I-band navigation radars
  • MR-103 GFCS Fire Control radar
  • EL/M-2221 STGR Fire control radar (Barak SAM)
  • MPZ-310 radar (SS-N-4 SAM)
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Selenia INS-3 (Bharat Ajanta and Elettronica TQN-2) used for ESM/ECM
  • Decoys
  • 2 × chaff/flare launchers
  • 1 × Graesby G738 towed torpedo decoy
  • 4 × SS-N-2D Styx AShM
  • 24 × Barak SAM (3 × 8 cell VLS units)
  • 1 × AK-725 twin-barreled 57 mm gun
  • 4 × AK-630 6-barreled 30 mm gatling
  • 2 × triple 324 mm (12.8 in) tubes (Whitehead A 244S or Indian NST 58 torpedoes)
Aircraft carried: 2 × Sea King, HAL Dhruv or HAL Chetak helicopters

The Godavari-class frigates (formerly Type 16 or Project 16 frigates) are guided-missile frigates of the Indian Navy. The Godavari class was the first significant indigenous warship design and development initiative of the Indian Navy. Its design is a modification of the Nilgiri class with a focus on indigenous content of 72%, a larger hull and updated armaments.

One ship of this class currently serves in the Indian Navy. The class and the lead ship, INS Godavari are named after the Godavari River. Subsequent ships in the class, INS Ganga and INS Gomati also take their names from Indian rivers.

INS Gomati was the first Indian Navy vessel to have digital electronics in her combat data system. The ships combine Indian, Russian and Western weapons systems.[3]


The concept for the Godavari class originated from the lessons learnt in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. There was a need for a ship unique to Indian requirements, for deploying a hybrid of indigenously-designed, as well as Russian and European weapons systems.

One of the requirements was to deploy two Sea King helicopters from the ship. The Nilgiri-class vessels were too small for this requirement. The final design incorporated a larger hull in order to accommodate this.[4] INS Godavari was decommissioned on 23 December 2015, and her Barak 1 surface-to-air missile will be installed on the flagship INS Vikramaditya.[5][6] INS Ganga was retired from active service on 28 May 2017, [1] and was decommissioned on 22 March 2018.[7]


Although the Directorate of Marine Engineering suggested replacing steam propulsion with gas turbines, it was decided not to do so, since Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited had made heavy investments in facilities and tooling for design of steam turbines and auxiliary systems.[4]

For armaments, the missile and gun package of the Soviet Nanuchka-class corvette was installed on the frigate.

The keel of the lead ship INS Godavari was laid in 1978 at Mazagon Dock Limited in Bombay. She was commissioned in December 1983.

Ships of the class[edit]

Name Pennant Builder Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Homeport
Godavari F20 Mazagon Dock Limited 3 November 1978[8] 15 May 1980 10 December 1983[2] 23 December 2015
Ganga F22 1980 21 October 1981 30 December 1985[2] 22 March 2018[9]
Gomati F21 1981 19 March 1984 16 April 1988[2] Visakhapatnam


All three ships later underwent an extensive upgrade of weapons and sensors. These include the fitment of the Israeli Barak SAM system, and a new fire control system based on the EL/M-2221 STGR. The P-20 missiles have been retained for now.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "INS Ganga on swansong sortie". Deccan Herald. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Commodore Stephen Saunders, ed. (2005). "India". Jane's Fighting Ships 2005-2006 (108th ed.). Coulsdon: Jane's Information Group. p. 315. ISBN 0710626924.
  3. ^ "Godavari (Type 16) Class". Bharat-Rakshak.com. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b "F 20 Godavari Class". globalsecurity.org. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Vikramaditya to be fitted with Barak missiles". www.tribuneindia.com/. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  6. ^ "INS Godavari sets sail into the sunset after three decades". Times of India. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  7. ^ India, Press Trust of (22 March 2018). "Navy warship INS Ganga decommissioned in Mumbai". Business Standard India. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  8. ^ Rahmat, Ridzwan (23 December 2015). "India decommissions first Godavari-class frigate". IHS Jane's Navy International. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016.
  9. ^ India, Press Trust of (22 March 2018). "Navy warship INS Ganga decommissioned in Mumbai". Business Standard India. Retrieved 23 March 2018.