Indian Navy fast attack craft, INS Kabra arrives in Maldives

The Indian Navy’s Car Nicobar-class fast attack craft (FAC), INS Kabra (T76) has arrived in Maldives on Nov. 13 for a scheduled port visit.

During the visit,  Akhilesh Mishra, Ambassador of India to Maldives, has interacted with Navy officers onboard the vessel.

“Grateful for their (Indian Navy personnel) highest standards of professionalism & tireless commitment to service of India, building ties of international cooperation & friendship,” he said in a statement.

INS Kabra is eighth in a series of 10 Car Nicobar-class Fast Attack Crafts (FAC) built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) for the Indian Navy.

The class and its vessels are named for Indian islands. They are the first water jet propelled vessels of the Indian Navy. INS Kabra is named after an island of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.

The vessels are designed as a cost-effective platform for patrol, anti-piracy and rescue operations in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

Production of the class was fast-tracked after the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The vessels feature improved habitability with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation, on board reverse osmosis plant for desalination, and a sewage treatment plant.

The vessels are each powered by three HamiltonJet HM811 water jets, coupled with MTU 16V 4000 M90 engines, delivering a combined 8160 KW of power. An aluminium superstructure reduces weight and is designed to reduce radar cross-section.

Kabra has a top speed of more than 35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph). The improved manoeuvrability and speed allows Kabra to have high-speed interdiction of fast-moving targets.

As patrol vessels, they are lightly armed. Armament on board includes a 30mm CRN-91 automatic cannon with an electronic day-night fire control system of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) origin. The vessels also mount two 12.7mm heavy machine guns (HMG) and multiple medium machine guns, besides carrying shoulder-launched Igla surface-to-air missiles to combat aerial threats.

The vessels also carry various sensors, including the Furuno navigation radar and sonar.

The ship has a crew of three officers and 39 sailors.



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