Last Updated: 25 February 2007

A bow shot of CGS Vijaya. Image  Indian Coast Guard

CGS Vijaya on patrol along with other Coast Guard vessels. Image  Indian Coast Guard

CGS Vigraha is the seventh vessel in the Vikram Class series. Image  Indian Coast Guard

CGS Vikram at sea on EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) Patrol. Image  MoD Annual Report, 1987-88 via Titash Sridharan

A close-up shot of CGS Varaha, reveals the 2A42 30mm Medak gun - a navalised variant of the BMP-2 ICV turret. Image  Mrityunjoy Mazumdar


Vessel Type: Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV).

Names & Pennant Numbers with commission dates:
CGS Vikram 33 (19 December 1983)
CGS Vijaya 34 (12 April 1985)
CGS Veera 35 (03 May 1986)
CGS Varuna 36 (27 February 1988)
CGS Vajra 37 (22 December 1988)
CGS Vivek 38 (19 August 1989)
CGS Vigraha 39 (12 April 1990)
CGS Varad 40 (19 July 1990)
CGS Varaha 41 (11 March 1992)
- Reported Grant/Lease to Sri Lanka in 2007

Displacement: 1220 tons deep displacement.

Dimensions: Length - 74.1 metres.
.................Beam - 11.4 metres.
.................Draught - 3.2 metres.

Main Machinery: Two diesel engines with 6200 hp sustained, 2 shafts and cp props.

Maximum Speed: 22 knots.

Range: 8500 nautical miles at 16 knots.

Complement: 100 (including 11 officers).

Tank Capacity: Fuel Oil - 1.80 cubic metres.
.....................Fresh Water - 40 cubic metres.
.....................Lub Oil - Two cubic metres.
.....................AVCAT - Six cubic metres.

Weapons: All vessels in the series have a 30mm automatic 2A4Z cannon in place of the Bofors 40mm/60 gun. A pair of 7.62mm machine guns are also carried on board.

Weapons Control: Lynx optical sights.

Radar: Navigation; Two Decca 1226 - I band.

Helicopters: One Sea King Mk.42B or one HAL Chetak.

Comments: The vessel is intended for patrol duties in unrestricted waters and is designed for operation under tropical conditions. The hull form is based on experience on well proven designs of similar types and confirmed by extensive model tests. The vessel has twin screw propulsion and can perform the following duties;

• Limited pollution control.
• Patrolling and protection of offshore installation
• Patrolling, policing, anti-smuggling and search & rescue operations in India's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The vessel owes something to a NEVESBU (Netherlands) design, being a stretched version of its 750 ton offshore patrol vessels. Ordered in 1979, the vessels have fin stabilisers, diving equipment and a 4.5 ton deck crane. Also has two external firefighting pumps, one GRP boat and two inflatable craft. This vessel is considered to be too small for its task and thus the need for the larger Samar Class vessels. It was reported that CGS Varaha will be given as a grant or lease to the Sri Lankan Navy in 2007 and will complement the SLNS Sayura, another vessel that belonged to the Indian Navy.

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