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The Vijeta, an Osa-I Class fast attack missile boat, in a special camouflage. Circa 1971. Image © Indian Navy


Vessel Type: Fast Attack Missile Boat.

Names & Pennant Numbers with commission dates:
Veer K82 (02 April 1971) - decommissioned on 31 December 1982
Vidyut K83 (16 Feb 1971) - decommissioned on 31 March 1991
Vijeta K84
(27 Mar 1971) - decommissioned on 30 June 1992
Vinash K85
(20 Jan 1971) - decommissioned on 15 January 1990
Nipat K86
(26 Apr 1971) - decommissioned on 29 February 1988
Nashak K87
(19 Mar 1971) - decommissioned on 31 December 1990
Nirbhik K88
(20 Feb 1971) - decommissioned on 31 December 1986
Nirghat K89
(29 Jan 1971) - decommissioned on 31 July 1989

Displacement: 205 tons full load.

Dimensions: Length - 38.6 metres.
................Beam - 7.6 metres.
................Draught - 1.9 metres.

Main Machinery: Three M503A diesels with 12,000 hp and 3 shafts.

Maximum Speed: 35 knots.

Maximum Range: Not Known.

Complement: 28.

Radar: Fire Control; Targeting radar (NATO: Square Tie) for the P-15 AShMs.

Weapons: Four P-15 (SS-N-2A) AShMs with active radar or infra-red homing with a range of 25n miles; 46km.

Four 30mm guns with 85º elevation and 500 rounds a minute to 2.7n miles; 5km.

Comments: Due to a dispute with Britain which refused to supply sophisticated naval vessels, India turned to Russia and these where the first Russian-based surface combatants the Indian Navy received. These missile boats joined the Indian Navy's No.25 Killers Squadron in early 1971. These ships arrived just in time where they played a key role in only five months before the 1971 conflict with Pakistan. Just like its Egyptian counterparts, the Indian Navy's Osa-I Class missile boats sank many ships and also destroyed countless naval installations. Their performance astonished many western analysts and as a result navies around world made anti-shipping missiles their top priority.


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