Sukanya-class patrol vessel

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Sukanya class
INS Sujata.jpg
INS Sujata in Cochin, India
Class overview
Succeeded by: Saryu class
Completed: 7
Active: 7
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Displacement: 1,890 tons (full load)[1]
Length: 101.1 m (332 ft)[2]
Beam: 11.5 m (38 ft)[2]
Draught: 4.4 m (14 ft)[2]
Propulsion: 2 × SEMT Pielstick 16 PA6 V 280 diesel engines, 12,800 PS (9,410 kW), 2 shafts[2]
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)[1]
Range: 5,800 nmi (10,700 km; 6,700 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)[2]
Complement: 140 including 15 officers[1]
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Racal Decca 2459 I-band surface search radar
  • BEL 1245 I-band navigation radar[2]
Aircraft carried: 1 × HAL Chetak[2]

The Sukanya-class patrol vessels are large, offshore patrol craft in active service with the Indian Navy. Three lead ships were built by Korea Tacoma, now part of Hanjin Group. Vessels of the Sukanya class are named after notable women from Indian epics.


The Sukanya class have large hulls, although they are lightly armed since they are utilized primarily for offshore patrol of India's exclusive economic zone. However, they are capable of being heavily armed and upgraded to light frigates should the need arise. Two vessels of the class, Subhadra and Suvarna have been used as test beds for installation of the Dhanush ship-based ballistic missile launch system. This includes the stabilization platform for enabling the ships to launch the missiles in stormy conditions.[4]

Sarayu was sold to Sri Lanka and renamed SLNS Sayura. Currently she serves as the flagship of the Sri Lanka Navy and obtained several remarkable naval victories against the naval branch (Sea Tigers) of the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Ships of the class[edit]

Name Pennant Builder Homeport Launched Commissioned Status
Sukanya P50 Korea Tacoma Mumbai 1989 31 August 1989[2] Active
Subhadra P51 Korea Tacoma Mumbai 1989 25 January 1990[2] Active
Suvarna P52 Korea Tacoma Mumbai 22 August 1990 4 April 1991[2] Active
Savitri P53 Hindustan Shipyard Limited Visakhapatnam 23 May 1989 27 November 1990[2] Active
Sarayu P54 Hindustan Shipyard Limited 16 October 1989 8 October 1991 Sold to Sri Lanka Navy in 2000 as SLNS Sayura[5]
Sharada P55 Hindustan Shipyard Limited Kochi 22 August 1990 27 October 1991[2] Active
Sujata P56 Hindustan Shipyard Limited Kochi 25 October 1991 3 November 1993[2] Active


  • Indian Navy - Total 7 ships constructed in this class. One ship sold to Sri Lanka navy. 6 ships remain in active service.
  • Sri Lanka Navy - 1 ship purchased from Indian navy.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Indian Naval Ships-OPV-Sukanya Class". Indian Navy. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Commodore Stephen Saunders, ed. (2005). "India". Jane's Fighting Ships 2005-2006 (108th ed.). Coulsdon: Jane's Information Group. p. 324. ISBN 0710626924. 
  3. ^ "Dhanush, Prithvi missiles test-fired". The Hindu Business Line. 12 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Pandit, Rajat (22 August 2006). "Navy, IAF induct Prithvi". The Times of India. 
  5. ^ Commodore Stephen Saunders, ed. (2005). "Sri Lanka". Jane's Fighting Ships 2005-2006 (108th ed.). Coulsdon: Jane's Information Group. p. 707. ISBN 0710626924.