Indian Navy gets fast attack craft
Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, India, has handed over a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC), the Tihayu, to the Indian Navy, GRSE announced on 1 September.
Tihayu, a Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel, features the indigenous CRN-91 30mm gun and three water jet propulsion systems powered by marine diesel engines generating 2,720kW of power. The vessel measures 48x7.5m and can accommodate 29 people. It has a displacement of around 315 tons and endurance of around 2,000 nautical miles at 12-14 knots speed.
GRSE built and delivered ten Car Nicobar-class WJFACs to the Indian Navy between 2009 and 2011. INS Tihayu is the second of four follow-on vessel ordered by the Indian Navy from GRSE. The first follow-on vessel, INS Tarmugli, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 23 May 2016.
The ship's hull form has been designed in-house at the GRSE design centre, undergoing extensive model testing to achieve speeds of over 35 knots.
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