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India gifts missile corvette INS Kirpan to Vietnam

INS Kirpan

Defence minister Rajnath Singh in a meeting with Vietnamese General Phan Van Gang announced that INS Kirpan, will soon be handed over to the Vietnam People’s Navy


India will gift Vietnam an in-service warship as a gesture of friendship and expanding military ties between the nations. Missile Corvette INS Kirpan – a Khukri class warship commissioned in 1991 – will soon be handed over to the Vietnam People’s Navy. The announcement was made during a meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Vietnamese counterpart General Phan Van Gang in New Delhi on Monday.

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About the meeting

  • Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Vietnamese General Phan Van Gang held a meeting in New Delhi to review progress on various bilateral defense cooperation efforts.
  • Vietnamese Defence minister visited DRDO Headquarters and discussed ways to enhance defence industrial capabilities by joint cooperation of both the countries in Defence research.

Aim of the meeting

  • To enhance existing areas of collaboration, especially in the field of defence industry cooperation, maritime security and multinational cooperation.
  • India and Vietnam have a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership since 2016, and further defence partnerships are a key pillar to enhance the capabilities of their armed forces.


INS Kirpan is a Khukri class missile corvette displacing 1,350 tonnes and was commissioned into the Navy on January 12, 1991. It has a displacement of close to 1,400 tonnes, a length of 91 metres, a beam of 11 metres, and is capable of speed in excess of 25 knots. The ship is fitted with a medium range gun, 30 mm close range guns, chaff launchers, and surface to surface missiles, enabling it to perform a wide variety of roles, including coastal and offshore patrol, coastal security, surface warfare, anti-piracy, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations, according to the Navy.

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