India Gifts INS Kirpan to Vietnam

India Gifts INS Kirpan to Vietnam

India Gifts INS Kirpan to Vietnam


Vietnam received the indigenous constructed in-service missile corvette INS Kirpan from India as a gift to improve its naval capability. This was disclosed on Monday by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh following discussions with his visiting Vietnamese counterpart General Phan Van Gang.

INS Kripan:

  • It is an operational missile corvette made in the country.
  • It is a missile corvette of the Khukri class that was commissioned into the Navy on January 12, 1991.
  • It can move close to 1,400 tonnes with its displacement capacity.
  • It is capable of travelling at a speed of above 25 mph.
  • Diesel engines assembled in India are used in the Khukri class.
  • The ship is equipped with a surface-to-surface missile launcher, a 30 mm close-range cannon, a medium-range gun, and chaff launchers.
  • It carries out several different tasks, such as coastal and offshore patrol, coastal security, surface warfare, anti-piracy, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations.


  • A naval ship corvette is a small, fast, and manoeuvrable warship that typically operates in coastal waters. 
  • Corvettes are adaptable ships that can carry out a range of tasks, including coastal defence, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and maritime patrol. 
  •  Corvettes are smaller than frigates and destroyers, typically ranging in size from 500 to 2,000 tons. 
  • Corvettes are highly adaptable and can be configured for different mission requirements. They can be used for patrol and surveillance, escorting larger naval vessels, mine countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare, among other roles.

Why was the INS Kirpan gifted?

  • India gifted the INS Kirpan, an indigenously-built missile corvette, to Vietnam to enhance its naval capabilities.
  • Additionally, it contributed to strengthening the India- Vietnam relationship which will help in providing India with an ally in the region of South-East Asia.

What were the other agendas of the visit?

  • During the discussions, which were mostly about reviewing the status of several bilateral defence cooperation programmes:
    • Both parties expressed their satisfaction with the current activities.
    • Improving marine security and collaboration between the two nations’ defence industries.
    • To strengthen current collaborations, particularly in maritime security, international cooperation, and defence industry cooperation.
  • General Phan paid a visit to the DRDO’s headquarters to discuss measures to improve defence industrial capabilities through collaboration in defence research and joint production.

What were the other documents signed?

  • During the same visit, the defence ministers of both nations also signed a “Joint Vision Statement on India-Vietnam defence partnership towards 2030.”
  • It is important to note that Vietnam already purchased 12 high-speed patrol boats for its border guard force in 2014 thanks to an Indian-extended $100 million Line of Credit.