Sindhughosh-class submarine

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INS Sindhughosh
INS Sindhughosh
Class overview
Name: Sindhughosh class
Operators:  Indian Navy
Preceded by: Vela class
In commission: 1986–
Planned: 10
Completed: 10
Active: 9
Laid up: 1
General characteristics
Type: Submarine
  • 2,325 t (2,288 long tons) surfaced
  • 3,076 t (3,027 long tons) submerged
Length: 72.6 m (238 ft 2 in)
Beam: 9.9 m (32 ft 6 in)
Draught: 6.6 m (21 ft 8 in)
  • 2 × diesel-electric motors, 3,650 hp (2,722 kW) each
  • 1 × motor, 5,900 hp (4,400 kW)
  • 2 × auxiliary motors, 204 hp (152 kW)
  • 1 × economic speed motor, 130 hp (97 kW)
  • 6,000 mi (9,700 km) at 7 kn (13 km/h; 8.1 mph) snorkeling
  • 400 mi (640 km) at 3 kn (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) submerged
Test depth: 300 m (980 ft)
Complement: 53 (13 Officers)
  • 9M36 Strela-3 (SA-N-8) SAM launcher
  • Club-S (3M-54E) ASCM (after mid-life refit)
  • Type 53-65 passive wake homing torpedo
  • TEST 71/76 anti-submarine, active-passive homing torpedo
  • 24 × DM-1 mines in lieu of torpedoes

Sindhughosh-class submarines are Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines in active service with the Indian Navy. Their names are in Sanskrit, but in their Roman-alphabet forms sometimes a final short -a is dropped.

The Sindhughosh submarines, designated 877EKM, were designed as part of Project 877, and built under a contract between Rosvooruzhenie and the Ministry of Defence (India).

The submarines have a displacement of 3,000 tonnes, a maximum diving depth of 300 meters, top speed of 18 knots, and are able to operate solo for 45 days with a crew of 53. The final unit was the first to be equipped with the 3M-54 Klub (SS-N-27) antiship cruise missiles with a range of 220 km.

INS Sindhuvijay has been upgraded with the hydro acoustical USHUS complex and the CCS-MK radio communications system.[1] On 29 August 2014 DAC cleared the long-awaited mid-life upgrade of the four Kilo-class submarines, which would be carried out in Indian shipyards and is likely to cost Rs. 4,800 crore (4,800 million).[2] On 5 November 2014 official sources at HSL said more than 90% of the work has been completed on the seventh submarine of the Sindhughosh class INS Sindhukirti.[3] Scheduled to re-join the fleet on 31 March 2015, she re-entered service on 23 May.[4][5]


  • On 10 January 2008, INS Sindhughosh collided with the cargo ship MV Leeds Castle. The submarine was reported to have sustained superficial damage to its conning tower. As a result, the submarine was out of service for a month. The cargo ship was in restricted shallow waters.[6]
  • On 26 February 2010, a fire on board INS Sindhurakshak killed one sailor and injured two others. The fire was due to a defective battery.[7]
  • On 14 August 2013 an explosion, followed by a fire, was reported to have occurred on Sindhurakshak.[8] Sindhurakshak sank in the dock.
  • On 17 January 2014, Sindhughosh ran aground due to the low tide, while returning to the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.[9]
  • On 26 February 2014, smoke was detected on board INS Sindhuratna resulting in 7 sailors being rendered unconscious and two dead. Those unconscious were airlifted to hospital [10]

Ships of the class[edit]

Name Pennant Builder Homeport Commission date Status Meaning of name
Sindhughosh S55 Sevmash,
Mumbai 30 April 1986 Refitted to project 08773 2002-2005 at Zvezdochka shipyard Battle-cry/rumour/report of the Sea
Sindhudhvaj S56 Sevmash Mumbai 12 June 1987 To be Refitted to project 08773 Flag of the Sea
Sindhuraj S57 Sevmash Mumbai 20 October 1987 To be Refitted to project 08773 King of the Sea
Sindhuvir S58 Sevmash Mumbai 26 August 1988 Refitted to project 08773 1997-1999 at Zvezdochka shipyard Valiant of the Sea
Sindhuratna S59 Sevmash Mumbai 22 December 1988 Refitted to project 08773 2001-2003 at Zvezdochka shipyard Jewel of the Sea
Sindhukesari S60 Sevmash Vishakhapatnam 16 February 1989 To be Refitted to project 08773 Lion of the Sea[11]
Sindhukirti S61 Sevmash Vishakhapatnam 4 January 1990 Refitted to project 08773 from 2007-2015 in her home base Vishakhapatnam Fame of the Sea
Sindhuvijay S62 Sevmash Vishakhapatnam 18 March 1991 Refitted to project 08773 2005-2007 at Zvezdochka shipyard Victory of the Sea
Sindhurakshak S63 Sevmash Mumbai 24 December 1997 Refitted to project 08773 09.08.2010-2012 at Zvezdochka shipyard.
Exploded and sank in Mumbai 14 August 2013
Protector of the Sea
Sindhurashtra S65 Sevmash Vishakhapatnam 19 July 2000 To be Refitted to project 08773 Sea Country[12]

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