Aircraft carriers

Class Picture Type Ships Origin Displacement Note
Aircraft carriers (2 in service)
Centaur-class INS Viraat Aircraft carrier INS Viraat (R22)  United Kingdom 28,700 tonnes STOVL carrier. Scheduled to be decommissioned by 2017 and replaced byINS Vikrant.
Modified Kiev-class INS Vikramaditya during trials.jpg Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (R33)  Russia 45,400 tonnes STOBAR carrier.

Submarines (14 in Service)

Sindhughosh (Kilo) INS Sindhuvijay Diesel-electric Submarine3,076 tonnes INS Sindhughosh (S55)
INS Sindhudhvaj (S56)
INS Sindhuraj (S57)
INS Sindhuvir (S58)
INS Sindhuratna (S59)
INS Sindhukesari (S60)
INS Sindhukirti (S61)
INS Sindhuvijay (S62)
INS Sindhurakshak (S63)
INS Sindhushastra (S65)
 Soviet Union
 Shishumar-class Shishumar class submarine.JPG 1,850 tonnes INS Shishumar (S44)
INS Shankush (S45)
INS Shalki (S46)
INS Shankul (S47

Nuclear-powered submarine

Class Picture Type Boats Origin Displacement Note
Nuclear-powered submarines (1 in Service)
Chakra (Akula II)-class INS Chakra Attack submarine (SSN) INS Chakra (S71)  Russia 12,770 tonnes Under a 10 year lease from Russia since 2012.
Arihant-class INS Arihant Ballistic Missile submarine (SSBN) INS Arihant (S73)  India 6,000 tonnes, surfaced Undergoing sea trials, expected to be commissioned by 2014-2015.

Destroyers and frigates


Class Picture Type Ships Origin Displacement Note
Destroyers and frigates (24 in service)
Kolkata-class Kolkata-class destroyer port view CGI.JPG Stealth Guided missile destroyer INS Kolkata + 2 under construction.  India 7,500 tonnes Handed over to the Navy on 10th July 2014. Awaiting Commissioning. 
Delhi-class INS Delhi Guided missile destroyer INS Delhi (D61)
INS Mysore (D60)
INS Mumbai (D62)
 India 6,700 tonnes  
Rajput-class INS Ranvijay Guided missile destroyer INS Rajput (D51)
INS Rana (D52)
INS Ranjit (D53)
INS Ranvir (D54)
INS Ranvijay (D55)
 Soviet Union
4,974 tonnes Built, in the Soviet Union, to Indian design modifications of the Soviet Kashin class destroyers design.
Shivalik-class INS Shivalik Multi-role stealth frigate INS Shivalik (F47)
INS Satpura (F48)
INS Sahyadri (F49)
 India 6,200 tonnes  
Talwar-class INS Trikand Multi-role stealth frigate INS Talwar (F40)
INS Trishul (F43)
INS Tabar (F44)
INS Teg (F45)
INS Tarkash (F50)
INS Trikand (F51)
 Russia 4,035 tonnes  
Brahmaputra-class INS Beas Guided missile frigate INS Brahmaputra (F31)
INS Betwa (F39)
INS Beas (F37)
 India 3,850 tonnes  
Godavari-class INS Ganga (F22).jpg Guided missile frigate INS Godavari (F20)
INS Ganga (F22)
INS Gomati (F21)
 India 3,850 tonnes


Class Picture Type Ships Origin Displacement Note
Corvettes (25 in Service)
Kamorta-class INS Kamorta Stealth ASW Corvette INS Kamorta  India 3,400 tonnes Handed over to the Navy on 12th July 2014. Awaiting Commissioning.
Kora-class INS Kora Corvette INS Kora (P61)
INS Kirch (P62)
INS Kulish (P63)
INS Karmuk (P64)
 India 1,350 tonnes  
Khukri-class INS Kuthar Corvette INS Khukri (P49)
INS Kuthar (P46)
INS Kirpan (P44)
INS Khanjar (P47)
 India 1,350 tonnes  
Veer-class INS Nirbhik Corvette (light) INS Veer (K40)
INS Nirbhik (K41)
INS Nipat (K42)
INS Nishank (K43)
INS Nirghat (K44)
INS Vibhuti (K45)
INS Vipul (K46)
INS Vinash (K47)
INS Vidyut (K48)
INS Nashak (K83)
INS Prabal (K92)
INS Pralaya (K91)
 Soviet Union
455 tonnes Customized Indianvariant of the SovietTarantul class.
Abhay-class Abhay class corvette.JPG Corvette (light) INS Abhay (P33)
INS Ajay (P34)
INS Akshay (P35)
INS Agray (P36)
 Soviet Union
485 tonnes Customized Indianvariants of the SovietPauk class corvettes.

Amphibious warfare ships (1 in Service)
Austin-class INS Jalashwa Amphibious transport dock (LPD) INS Jalashwa (L41)  United States 16,590 tonnes Under terms of sale,Jalashwa cannot be used during a war or offensive operation, unless such action is granted by the United States Pentagon.
Landing ships (9 in Service)
Shardul-class INS Shardul Landing ship tank (LST) INS Shardul (L16)
INS Kesari (L15)
INS Airavat (L24)
 India 5,600 tonnes  
Magar-class INS Magar Landing ship tank (LST) INS Magar (L20)
INS Gharial (L23)
 India 5,655 tonnes  
Kumbhir-class L-32, L-34, L-21, L-22 LSTs and LCUs beached.jpg Landing ship tank (LST) INS Cheetah (L18)
INS Mahish (L19)
INS Guldar (L21)
INS Kumbhir (L22)
 Poland 1,100 tonnes Two larger ships in the center as seen in picture.
Large Landing Craft Utility (6 in Service)
LCT Mk.3 L-32, L-34, L-21, L-22 LSTs and LCUs beached.jpg Landing Craft Utility (LCU) INS LCU 33 (L33)
INS LCU 35 (L35)
INS LCU 36 (L36)
INS LCU 37 (L37)
INS LCU 38 (L38)
INS LCU 39 (L39)
 India 640 tonnes Outer two ships as seen in picture.



Patrol vessels

Class Picture Type Ships Origin Displacement Note
Patrol vessels (47 in Service)
Saryu-class INS Saryu Offshore patrol vessel INS Saryu (P54)
INS Sunayna (P57)
INS Sumedha
INS Sumitra
 India 2,215 tonnes  
Sukanya-class INS Suvarna Offshore patrol vessel INS Sukanya (P50)
INS Subhadra (P51)
INS Suvarna (P52)
INS Savitri (P53)
INS Sharada (P55)
INS Sujata (P56)
 South Korea
1,890 tonnes  
Car Nicobar-class INS Car Nicobar (T69) and INS Chetlat (T70) cruise.jpg Patrol boat INS Car Nicobar (T69)
INS Chetlat (T70)
INS Kora Divh (T71)
INS Cheriyam (T72)
INS Cankaraso (T73)
INS Kondul (T74)
INS Kalpeni (T75)
INS Kabra (T76)
INS Koswari (T77)
INS Karuva (T78)
 India 325 tonnes  
Bangaram-class Exercise Milan 2014 for 17 navies of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, organised by Indian Navy, Andaman and Nicobar Command (10).jpg Patrol boat INS Bangaram (T65)
INS Bitra (T66)
INS Batti Malv (T67)
INS Baratang (T68)
 India 260 tonnes  
Trinkat-class INS Trinkat (T61).jpg Patrol boat INS Trinkat (T61)
INS Tarasa (T63)
 India 260 tonnes  
Super Dvora-class FAC T-84 Patrol boat T80
 Israel 60 tonnes  
Solas Marine fast interceptor boat T-403 interceptor craft Patrol boat at least 4 in service  Sri Lanka 60 tonnes Total 80 on order.
Immediate Support Vessels (ISV)   Patrol boat 10 in service  India   Total 23 ordered.
Minesweepers (8 in Service)
Pondicherry INS Kozhikode Minesweeper891 tonnes INS Alleppey (M65)
INS Ratnagiri (M66)
INS Karwar (M67)
INS Cannanore (M68)
INS Cuddalore (M69)
INS Kakinanda (M70)
INS Kozhikode (M71)
INS Konkan (M72)
 Soviet Union  
Photo Aircraft Origin Type Versions Quantity  
MiG-29K on the MAKS-2009 (02).jpg Mikoyan MiG-29K Russia Multi-role Fighter




15+29 more on order.  
Harrier land Malabar 2007.jpg BAE Sea Harrier UK Fighter






Tupolev Tu-142 Krivchikov 2007.jpg Tupolev Tu-142 Bear Russia Maritime Patrol Tu-142M 8 To be replaced by24 BoeingP-8 Poseidon.  
Ilyushin Il-38SD Krivchikov 2007.jpg Ilyushin Il-38 May Russia Maritime Patrol Il-38SD 5  
Wiki dornierdo228 lgw1.jpg Dornier Do 228To be replaced by NAL Saras Germany Utility Transport Do 228-101

Do 228-201



HAL Kiran Aero India-2007.jpg HAL HJT-16 Kiran India Trainer   8  
Indian Navy dhruv.jpg HAL Dhruv India Utility Helicopter   6  
SeaKing Mk42B Indian Navy 2005.JPG Westland Sea King UK Anti-submarine warfare

Search & Rescue,

Utility Transport



SH3H HS15 CVW15 1995.JPEG Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King USA Anti Submarine WarfareUtility helicopter UH-3H 6  
Indian Navy Chetak.jpg Aérospatiale SA 316Alouette III India Utility Helicopter SA316B




Kamov Ka - 25 Helicopter.jpg Kamov Ka-25 Hormone Russia Naval helicopter   3  
Kamov Ka-27PS.JPEG Kamov Ka-28 Helix-A Russia Anti SubmarineNaval helicopter   10  
Ka-31-2007.jpg Kamov Ka-31 Helix-B Russia AEW   9  
HAL Deepak.jpg HAL HPT-32 Deepak India Basic trainer   8

Future of the Indian Navy

Indian Navy has decided to increase its spending by around 75 per cent in the current fiscal 2012-2013. With an overall hike in the defence budget of 17 per cent, Indian navy has been allocated $4.77 billion which is roughly $2 billion more than the allocation for 2011-2012. The increase in expenditure will be utilised to procure several frigates and destroyers, speed up key projects and increase its strategic reach in the Indian Ocean region.

Long Term Force Objective

By the end of the 14th Plan (2027), the Indian Navy expects to have “over 150 ships and close to 500 aircraft and helicopters”. In addition to the existing mission of securing both sea flanks in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian sea, the navy would be able to “respond to emergent situations far away from the main land”. Marine assault capabilities will be beefed by setting up a new amphibious warfare facility at Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh.

The Indian Navy has initiated Phase II expansion of INS Kadamba, the third largest naval base, near Karwar. Phase II will involve expansion of the berthing facilities to accommodate 40 more front-line warships, including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, tugs and barges, raise manpower to 300 officers and around 2,500 sailors, and build a naval air station with a 6,000-foot runway. This is to be followed by Phase IIA and IIB, at the end of which INS Kadamba will be able to base 50 front-line warships.

Fleet modernization

The P-8 Poseidon will complement the Tu-142 ME in service.

LCA Tejas

The Indian Navy is currently undergoing a 15 year modernisation plan in an attempt to replace older in service equipment.

In 2004, India bought the Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Gorshkov for the equivalent of US$1.5 billion. It will cost an additional US$1.5 billion to refit, and is expected to join the Indian Navy in 2012 as INS Vikramaditya. A further US$700 million was spent on the purchase of 12 single-seat MiG-29Kand four dual-seat MiG-29KUB fighters, six Kamov-31 attack and reconnaissance anti-submarine helicopters; also included are training facilities for pilots and technical staff, delivery of simulators and spare parts, and establishment and maintenance of Indian Navy facilities. Upgrades included the removing of missile silos from the carrier foredeck to make way for a 14.3-degree ski-jump. The delivery of the aircraft to the Indian Navy started in 2009, and in May 2012, 15 had been inducted, with 29 more to be delivered.

In April 2007, India began construction of a 40,000 tonne Vikrant class aircraft carrier at a cost of US$800 million and scheduled to operate 30 aircraft, including Naval LCA, MiG-29K, and Sea Harrier combat aircraft, as well as HAL Dhruv, Ka-31, and Sea King Mk.42 helicopters. Four turbine engines will power the ship. The carrier is being constructed by state-run Cochin Shipyard Limited. and will be commissioned by 2012–13.

Yantar, a plant in Kaliningrad, Russia, was awarded a US$1.56 billion contract to build three additional 1135.6 frigates. The increased price is due to more sophisticated armaments such as BrahMos cruise missiles. The Navy has government approval for an additional eight warships.

The Indian Navy has signed a deal with Boeing to supply twelve P-8 Poseidon Anti Submarine Warfare/Maritime Surveillance Aircraft. The first aircraft will be delivered 4 years after the signing of the contract, that is 2012. Also there are plans to induct four AEW&C aircraft that will be based on carriers.

An order has been placed for seven Project 17A class frigates. An order for stealt destroyers under PROJECT 15 A is also placed named as KOLKATA CLASS destroyer, further a modified PROJECT 15 B is also placed

Future orders

The design of a 65,000 ton aircraft carrier called Indigenous Aircraft Carrier II (IAC-II) is currently underway and if ordered is expected to be delivered to the Navy by 2017.

After INS Arihant, India has decided to construct two more nuclear powered Arihant class submarines. After ordering six Scorpène submarines as part of Project 75, the Indian Navy is now on the look out for six next-generation submarines in a project worth over INR50,000 crore (US$10 billion).

The RFP (request for proposal) for six MRMR aircraft with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities was issued on 11 July 2008. The contract is expected to be signed in 2011 and deliveries to begin by 2012/2013. The Navy is also planning to purchase more UAVs.

The Indian Navy has issued a tender for procurement of 16, multi-role naval helicopters to AgustaWestland, EADS and Sikorsky. The order is likely to grow to around 60 helicopters. The helicopters will be equipped with anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare equipment including missiles and torpedoes, and also be capable of being in-flight refuelling. The type will operate from both naval vessels and land bases.

In November 2011, India’s Defence Acquisition Council was looking for induction of large amphibious ships which they refer to as Multi-Role Support Vessel. It’s speculated that they accordingly issued an international RFP for up to 4 amphibious operation vessels (most probably LHDs) with significant capability to carry Helicopters and troops. First the Indigenous Shipyards were consulted but since they have no experience in developing such type of vessels and had no design to propose, Indian government expects candidates from foreign allies.

Bids have been floated for eight mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs), to replace the Pondicherry class ocean minesweepers in service. Six of the craft will be produced at Goa shipyard under transfer of technology.

Indian Navy is also envisaging a new ‘Safety Organisation’ to enhance safe operations of its warships, nuclear submarines and aircraft in view of its planned increase in fleet strength over the next decade.

The aim is to have a total of three aircraft carriers in service, with two fully operational carriers and the third in refit. This aim will increase the overall effectiveness of the Indian Navy. The long term plan was recently revealed by the Navy and shows a road-map to a blue-water navy with six aircraft carriers in service.


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