The Khulna Shipyard (KSY) launched the first of five coastal patrol craft of the Padma class (Batch II) on 14/02/2022 at a ceremony attended by senior naval officials and representatives from China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co., Ltd. (CSOC).
The Bangladesh Navy awarded a contract to the Khulna Shipyard to build the second set of five patrol craft on 20 May 2019. The project missed its delivery date of 31 December 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but has since received an extension for the first two craft.
While small in displacement, BNS Shaheed Daulat (P 411) is equipped with modern combat electronics and armaments.
The Padma class coastal patrol craft has a displacement of 350 tonnes. It measures 50.40 m in length with a beam of 7.5 m and a draught of 4.10 m. It is powered by two MTU marine diesels and is equipped with two shafts. The patrol vessels have a maximum speed of 23 knots and an endurance of 7 days.
A crew of 45 personnel operates the Padma class inshore patrol vessels. The Padma class (Batch II) are supposed to be armed with an Aselsan SMASH 30 mm RCWS (w. Mk. 44 Bushmaster II autocannon), two 12.7 mm STK CIS 50MG heavy machine guns, and two depth charge rails for depth charges. In wartime the craft is provided with QW-18A man-portable VSHORADs for self-defence against aerial attacks.
During the launching ceremony, it was observed that BNS Shaheed Daulat (P 411) was fitted with a Bofors 40 mm L40/60 automatic cannon on a temporary basis until delivery of the main gun is completed by the Turkish company, Aselsan.
At present, the Bangladesh Navy operates 5 Padma class from the first generation. BNS Padma was commissioned on 24 January 2013.
In all cases, the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co., Ltd. (CSOC) provided the design and material package to the Khulna Shipyard for building the warships in Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh Coast Guard also operates numerous Padma class patrol craft. CGS Sonar Bangla and her sister ships were delivered to the Bangladesh Coast Guard on 20 June 2019. Subsequently, additional IPVs were commissioned also.