The Ministry of Defence finalised a contract on Wednesday with Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) to procure 14 ‘Fast Patrol Vessels’ (FPVs) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). “The value of the contract is Rs 1070.47 cr. These multi-role FPVs will be indigenously designed, developed, and manufactured by MDL under the buy (Indian-IDDM) category and delivered in a total of 63 months,” the MoD said.
In addition to numerous cutting-edge features and equipment, these Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) will be outfitted with multipurpose drones, wirelessly controlled remote water rescue craft, lifebuoys with AI capability, and more. This integration will provide the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) with enhanced flexibility and operational advantages, empowering them to effectively address the multidimensional challenges of the modern era, as per the statement.
“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 ships in distress, towing capabilities, assistance and monitoring during marine pollution response operations, anti-piracy operations. The acquisition of these FPVs is aimed to boost ICG’s capability and reinforces the increased focus of the government towards maritime security,” the Ministry said.
Aligned with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative, this contract will enhance the nation’s indigenous shipbuilding capability, promoting maritime economic activities and nurturing the expansion of ancillary industries, particularly emphasising the MSME sector. The Ministry anticipates that the project will significantly contribute to creating employment opportunities and developing expertise within the country.