Padma-class patrol vessel

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Class overview
Name: Padma class
Builders: Khulna Shipyard[1]
Operators:
Built: 2011–present
In commission: 2013–present
Building: 2
Planned: 23
Completed: 5
Active: 5
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Displacement: 350 tons
Length: 165.35 ft (50.40 m)
Beam: 24.61 ft (7.50 m)
Draught: 13.45 ft (4.10 m)
Propulsion: 2 shafts, 2 diesels
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Endurance: 7 days
Complement: 45
Armament:

The Padma class is a class of patrol vessels of Bangladesh.[2] The ships were constructed at the Khulna Shipyard, through a development program overseen and supported by the CSIC.

History[edit]

Under a long-term modernization plan for its armed forces, the Government of Bangladesh decided to order arms from internal contractors. The first step taken was to order warships for the Bangladesh Navy from Khulna Shipyard. Khulna Shipyard signed the construction contract with the Bangladesh Navy on 2 May 2010 and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction on 5 March 2011. The first warship of this class, BNS Padma was launched on 8 October 2012 and commissioned into the Bangladesh Navy on 24 January 2013. The second patrol craft in the class, BNS Surma, was launched on 23 January 2013 and commissioned into the Bangladesh Navy on 29 August 2013. The other three ships BNS Aparajeya, BNS Adamya and BNS Atandra were handed over to the Bangladesh Navy on 15 December 2013.[3][4] These three ships were commissioned on 23 December 2013.[5]

In 2016, Khulna Shipyard was awarded the contract for the construction of two patrol vessels for the Bangladesh Coast Guard.

Design[edit]

The launch of the indigenous warship paved the way for the Bangladesh Navy to soon deploy its own design. Built at the Khulna Shipyard, the design is an offshore patrol vessel that displaces 350 tonnes. The ships are 165.35 feet (50.40 m) long, with a beam of 24.61 ft (7.50 m) and a draught of 13.45 ft (4.10 m). The ships can carry out missions lasting up to seven days at a time. They have a [[Ship's company|complement\\ of 45 personnel with a top speed of 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph).

Armament[edit]

The ships of this class are equipped with a pair of 37 mm naval guns and another pair of 20 mm anti-aircraft guns. Besides these ships can lay mines and can carry MANPADs.

Ships in the class[edit]

 Bangladesh Navy
 Pennant Number   Name   Builder   Ordered   Launched   Acquired   Commissioned   Status 
P 312 BNS Padma Khulna Shipyard 2 May 2010 8 October 2012[6] 24 January 2013[7] Active
P 313 BNS Surma Khulna Shipyard 2 May 2010 23 January 2013 6 May 2013[8] 29 August 2013[9] Active
P 261 BNS Aparajeya Khulna Shipyard 2 May 2010 15 December 2013 23 December 2013[10] Active
P 262 BNS Adamya Khulna Shipyard 2 May 2010 15 December 2013 23 December 2013[10] Active
P 263 BNS Atandra Khulna Shipyard 2 May 2010 15 December 2013 23 December 2013[10] Active
Bangladesh Coast Guard
 Pennant Number   Name   Builder   Ordered   Launched   Acquired   Commissioned   Status 
Khulna Shipyard Under construction[11]
Khulna Shipyard Under construction[11]

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