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Rajput class

Guided-missile destroyer

Rajput class destroyer

The Rajput class ships normally deploy a single Ka-28 Helix helicopter

Entered service 1980
Crew 320 men
Sea endurance ?
Dimensions and displacement
Length 147 m
Beam 15.8 m
Draught 5 m
Displacement, standard ?
Displacement, full load 4 974 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 35 knots
Range 6 500 km
Propulsion Gast turbines, 4 x 72 000 hp
Helicopters 1 x Ka-28 Helix
Artillery twin 76-mm gun, 4 x six-barrel 30-mm close-in weapons system
Missiles ? x P-20M (SS-N-2D Stryx) surface-to-surface missiles, Volna (SA-N-1 Goa) surface-to-air missiles


   The Indian Navy ordered five modified Kashin II class guided missile destroyers from the Soviet Union in the 1970s. Built at Nikolayev (now in Ukraine) between 1977-86, the Rajput class was commissioned between 1980-88. Their countermeasure suites were upgraded in 1993-94 but plans for further modernisation with Ukrainian assistance have now been shelved and the navy is looking to Russia for improvements instead.

   Indian press reports in 2002 indicated that one of the Rajputs was fitted with the Indo-Russian BRAHMOS cruises missile for its first test-firings at sea. This 300-km range missile is designed to carry a nuclear warhead.

   The primary anti-shipping ship weapon is the P-20M (SS-N-2D Styx), a large subsonic infra-red homing missile with a range of 83 km, it carries a 513 kg warhead. Ranjit and the Ranvijay were planned to be fitted with newer Uran (SS-N-25 Switchblade) missiles. The ship's Volna (SA-N-1 Goa) surface-to-air missiles have a range of 31.5 km and can engage aircraft at an altitude up to 22.8 km. All the Rajputs are equipped with a twin 76-mm gun, while four twin 30-mm weapons are carried by Rajput, Rana and Ranjit, and four six-barrel 30-mm CIWS mountings are fitted to Ranvir and Ranvijay.


Rajput class destroyer

Rajput class destroyer

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