India orders 14 fast patrol vessels from MDL

Indian Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with local company Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL) for the construction of 14 fast patrol vessels (FPVs) for Indian Coast Guard (ICG.

Illustration; Credit: Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders

The value of the contract is Rs 1070.47 cr ($129 million).

These multi-role FPVs will be indigenously designed, developed and manufactured by MDL under Buy (Indian-IDDM) Category and will be delivered in a total of 63 months.

Along with several high-tech advanced features and equipment, these FPVs will be equipped with multipurpose drones, wirelessly controlled remote water rescue craft lifebuoy and AI capability etc.

The new technology will be installed to enable greater flexibility and operational edge to the ICG to face new age multidimensional challenges.

Furthermore, these modern FPVs will play a critical role in enhancing fisheries protection and monitoring, control and surveillance, anti-smuggling operations, search and rescue operations including in shallow waters, assistance to ship/crafts in distress, towing capabilities, assistance and monitoring during marine pollution response operations, anti-piracy operations.

The acquisition of these FPVs is aimed at boosting ICG’s capability and reinforces the increased focus of the government towards maritime security.