The Defence Ministry has inked a Rs1614.89 crore contract with Mazagon Dockyard Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) for the procurement of six Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPVs) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). This contract falls under the Buy (Indian-IDDM) category. Four of the six vessels are slated to replace ageing OPVs, while the remaining two will supplement the ICG fleet.
The acquisition of these cutting-edge ICG platforms aims to enhance the ICG’s capabilities and emphasise the heightened focus on maritime security. These modern, technologically advanced ships will play a crucial role in bolstering surveillance, law enforcement, search and rescue operations, maritime pollution responses, and other vital capabilities, including humanitarian assistance, as stated by the Ministry.
Featuring numerous advanced elements and equipment, these 115m NGOPVs will be equipped with multipurpose drones, AI capabilities, wirelessly controlled remote water rescue craft lifeboats, and more. It will provide the ICG with greater flexibility and operational advantages in addressing contemporary multidimensional challenges.
Designed, developed, and manufactured indigenously by MDL in Mumbai, these Multi-Role State-of-the-Art vessels are set to be delivered over a period of 66 months. The contract aligns with the goals of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ by boosting the nation’s indigenous shipbuilding capabilities, supporting maritime economic activities, and promoting the growth of ancillary industries, particularly the MSME sector. The project is expected to create employment opportunities and foster expertise development within the country.