India orders six next-gen offshore patrol vessels from Mazagon Dockyard

The Indian Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Mazagon Dockyard Shipbuilders (MDL) for the construction of six next-generation offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

Indian MoD

The contract for the procurement of six new OPVs was signed on December 20. The ships will serve the Indian Coast Guard.

The deal was inked under the Buy (Indian-IDDM) category at a total cost of Rs 1614.89 Crore. Out of the six vessels being procured, four would replace the existing aging OPVs and the other two would augment the ICG fleet.

The acquisition of these major platforms is aimed to boost the ICG’s capability and reinforce the increased focus of the government towards maritime security.

Along with several high-tech advanced features and equipment, these 115m OPVS would be equipped with multipurpose drones, AI capability, and wirelessly controlled remote water rescue craft lifebuoy, etc. enabling greater flexibility and operational edge to the ICG to face new age multidimensional challenges.

According to the navy, these modern and high-tech ships will play a critical role in enhancing surveillance, law enforcement, search and rescue, maritime pollution response, and other important capabilities including humanitarian assistance by the ICG.

These vessels will be indigenously designed, developed, and manufactured by MDL, Mumbai, and will be delivered in a total period of 66 months.

The project will also generate employment opportunities and expertise development in the country.