INS Betwa (F39)

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Betwa docked at Mumbai Dock
Betwa docked at Mumbai Dock
Name: INS Betwa
Namesake: Betwa River
Commissioned: 7 July 2004
Status: in active service, as of 2015
General characteristics
Class & type: Brahmaputra-class guided missile frigate
Displacement: 3850 tons full load
Length: 126.4 m (414 ft 8 in)
Beam: 14.5 m (47 ft 7 in)
Draught: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: Two Bhopal turbines, 30,000 hp (22,000 kW), two 550 psi boilers and two shafts
Speed: In excess of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 440-450 (incl. 40 officers + 13 aircrew)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Air/Surface; 1 x Bharat RAWS-03 radar at S-band frequency using a DA08 antenna
  • Air;1 x Bharat/Signaal RAWL-02 (PLN 517) radar at D-band frequency using a LW08 antenna
  • Navigation;1 x Decca Bridgemaster, BEL Rashmi (PIN 524) radar at I-band frequency using a ZW06 antenna
  • 1 × Bharat HUMSA sonar; 1 x Thales Sintra sonar and 1 x BEL Radar Warning Receiver Suite
  • 16 × Kh-35 (SS-N-25 Switchblade) AShMs (4 x quadruple KT-184 launchers)
  • 3 × 8 Barak SAM VLS system
  • 1 × OTO Melera Super Rapid 76mm main gun
  • 4 × 6-barrelled 30mm AK-630 Gatling guns
  • 6 × 324mm ILAS 3 (2 x triple tubes) with Whitehead A244S anti-submarine torpedoes
Aircraft carried:

INS Betwa (F39) is a Brahmaputra-class guided missile frigate currently in service with the Indian Navy. The ship is named for the Betwa River.


Operation Cactus[edit]

During Operation Cactus, the Indian Navy was called in to rescue the Maldivian hostages taken by Sri Lankan mercenaries off the coast of Sri Lanka. INS Godavari and Betwa captured the freighter, rescued the hostages and arrested the mercenaries near the Sri Lankan coast.[1]

Operation Sukoon[edit]

Betwa was a part of Task Force 54, returning from the Mediterranean, when the 2006 Israel-Lebanon Conflict broke out. As a part of Operation Sukoon, Betwa participated in the evacuation of Indian citizens from Lebanon to Cyprus.