Bangaram Class

INS Baratang at her commissioning ceremony at Vizag on September 12, 2006. Image © GRSEBangaram - the first vessel in the series - gets launched at GRSE, Kolkata. Image © Hindustan Times 

Vessel Type: Fast Patrol Vessel.

Names & Pennant Numbers with commission dates:
INS Bangaram T65; Launched - 11 December 2004, Commissioned - 10 February 2006.
INS Bitra T66; Launched - 14 December 2004, Commissioned - 28 March 2006.
INS Batti Malv T67; Launched - 28 June 2005, Commissioned - 31 July 2006.
INS Baratang T68; Launched - 06 August 2005, Commissioned - 12 September 2006.

Displacement: 260 tons full load. INS Bitra is listed as having an empty displacement of 319 tons.

Dimensions: Length - 46 metres.
.................Beam - 7.5 metres.
.................Draft - Not Known.

Main Machinery: Two MTU 4000 M90 engines, providing a total output of 7492 hp, with advanced control systems.

Maximum Speed: 28.5 knots with a sustained speed of 20 knots.

Maximum Range: 2000 nautical miles.

Complement: INS Bitra is listed as having 40 sailors and 4 officers.

Weapons: One CRN-91 (naval version of the 2A42 30mm Medak gun) main gun, controlled by an electronic fire control system developed & jointly produced by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). The vessels are armed with light/medium machine guns and shoulder-launched 9K38 Igla-M missile systems.

Radar: Not Known.

Comments: The Bangaram Class are meant for interdiction tasks against fast moving surface vessels and search and rescue operations in coastal waters. The boats are also capable of generating a limited naval quick reaction force capability at short notice. The vessels are advanced in terms of ergonomics design and operational capabilities, when compared to the Trinkat Class. These boats will have a high indigenous content, with steering gear and deck machinery system from the GRSE engineering division, the air-conditioning system by ABB, the switchboards from GEPC, the DG sets from Cummins India, the living spaces designed by Godrej and the electronic equipment from BEL, ECIL and HAL. These vessels also have a built-in RO (Reverse Osmosis) plant for generation of fresh water at sea and a sewage treatment plant to protect the marine environment.

INS Batti Malv features modular accommodation from the Godrej Furniture & Interior Group. The special features of this accommodation consists of pre-insulated wall panels and ceiling panels. The cabin doors are fitted with all the required electrical accessories such as light fittings, communication requirements and air-conditioning. They are also fitted with total cabin marine grade furniture for accommodation such as bunks, personal lockers, seating, workstations, dining room furniture, wardrobe furniture, recreation room furniture, modular bath & water closet, etc. The key characteristic of the furniture is that it is manufactured from 100% aluminum to ensure light weight. It is also fire retardant and modular, which are the prime requirements of the ship. Being a turnkey project, Godrej's involvement was right from concept validation to product design & layout to manufacturing, supply, installation and finally commissioning.