INS Kirpan

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Recently, India gifted the Corvette INS Kirpan to Vietnam to enhance that country’s naval capabilities.

About INS Kirpan:

  • It is an indigenously-built in-service missile.
  • It is a Khukri class missile corvette commissioned into the Navy on January 12, 1991.
  • It has a displacement displacing capacity of close to 1,400 tonnes.
  • It is capable of a speed of more than 25 knots.
  • The Khukri class are equipped with Diesel Engines assembled in India.
  • The ship is fitted with a medium-range gun, 30 mm close-range guns, chaff launchers, and surface-to-surface missiles.
  • It performs a wide variety of roles, including coastal and offshore patrol, coastal security, surface warfare, anti-piracy, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.


Q1) What is a missile corvette?

A missile corvette which is also known as a missile patrol craft, is a small warship designed for coastal or littoral operations. It is typically equipped with anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles, and other offensive and defensive weapons systems.

Source: India gifts missile corvette INS Kirpan to Vietnam