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Brahmaputra-class Frigate

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The Brahmaputra-class Frigates (Type 16A or Project 16A) are guided-missile frigates of the Indian Navy, designed and built in India. They are an enhancement of the Godavari-class, with a displacement of 3850 tons and a length of 413 feet (125.88 meters). Although of similar hull and dimension, internally, the Brahmaputra and Godavari classes have different configurations, armaments and capabilities. Three ships of this class serve in the Indian Navy.

The class and the lead ship, INS Brahmaputra, are named after the River Brahmaputra. Subsequent ships of the class, INS Betwa and INS Beas are also named for Indian rivers.


  • Type: Guided Missile Frigate
  • Service Period: 2000-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 415 feet (126.49 meters)
    • Beam: 48 feet (14.63 meters)
    • Draught: 15 feet (4.57 meters)
    • Displacement: 3,600 tons (Standard); 3,850 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 353 (40 officers, 300 enlisted, 13 aircrew)
  • Propulsion: 2 x BHEL Bhopal steam turbines, 2 x shafts, 30,000 shp (22,370 kW)
  • Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 kilometers) at 12 knots (22.22 km/h)
  • Speed: 30+ knots (55.56+ km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • BEL/Signaal RAWL-02 D-Band Air Search Radar
    • Bharat/Signaal RAWL-03 S-Band Air/Surface Search Radar
    • Decca Bridgemaster/BEL Rashmi PIN 524 Navigation Radar
    • Elta EL/M-2221 Search, Track & Guidance/Gunnery Radar
    • BEL Aparna Fire Control Radar
    • Bharat HUMSA Hull Mounted Sonar
    • Thales Sintra Towed Array Sonar
  • Countermeasures:
    • Graesby G738 or BEL TOTED towed torpedo decoy x 2
    • Super Barricade chaff launcher x 2
  • Armament:
    • 1 x OTO Melara 76mm/62-caliber Super Rapid naval gun
    • 24 x Barak SAMs (3x8)
    • 16 x Kh-35 AShMs (4x4)
    • 4 x AK-630 30mm CIWS
    • 2 x 12.75" ILAS-3 triple torpedo tubes (fires Whitehead A244S anti-submarine torpedoes)
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Westland Sea King Mk.42B or 2 x HAL Chetak maritime helicopters

Unit Run[edit]

  • INS Brahmaputra (F31)
  • INS Betwa (F39)
  • INS Beas (F37)
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