Shardul-class tank landing ship

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INS Shardul (L16).JPG
INS Shardul
Class overview
Name: Shardul class
Builders: Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers
Operators:  Indian Navy
Preceded by: Magar class
Completed: 3
Active: 3
General characteristics
Type: Tank landing ship
Displacement: 5,650 tons
Length: 125 m (410 ft)
Beam: 17.5 m (57 ft)
Draught: 4 m (13 ft)
Propulsion: Kirloskar PA6 STC engines
Speed: 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)
  • 11 MBT, 10 armoured vehicles
  • 465.8 m3 (16,450 cu ft) water, 1,292.6 m3 (45,650 cu ft) diesel fuel
Troops: 500
Complement: 11 officers, 145 sailors
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Decoy: Chaff launchers
  • 2 × WM-18 rocket launchers
  • 4 × CRN-91 AA (Naval 30 mm Medak) guns, MANPAD's.
Aircraft carried: 1 Sea King/HAL Dhruv

Shardul-class landing ships are large amphibious warfare vessels built at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers for the Indian Navy. They are an evolution of the Magar-class amphibious landing ships.

The class has an indigenous content of over 90%.[citation needed]


Shardul was the first vessel commissioned at Karwar naval base, INS Kadamba. The second ship Kesari was commissioned at the Visakhapatnam naval base,[1] and later moved to Port Blair.[2] The third ship Airavata underwent sea trials in 2008 and was commissioned in 2009.[3][4][5]


 Name   Pennant   Builder   Homeport   Commissioned   Status 
INS Shardul L16 GRSE Karwar 4 January 2007 Active
INS Kesari L15 Port Blair 5 April 2008 Active
INS Airavat L24 Visakhapatnam 19 May 2009 Active

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "INS Kesari Commissioned". Indian Navy. 5 April 2008. Archived from INS Kesari commissioned the original Check |url= value (help) on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Another naval ship heads for Seychelles". The Hindu. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  3. ^ Balajj, J. (8 April 2008). "INS Airavata for basin trials in May". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Image of INS Airavat". Press Information Bureau. Government of India. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Image during Commissioning ceremony". Press Information Bureau. Government of India. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2015.

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