India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accorded approval for the procurement of six indigenously designed and manufactured Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPVs) for the Indian Navy.
The acquisition body, chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, met in Delhi on August 13 to approve the procurement at an approximate cost of Rs. 4941 crore (~USD 706 million). DAC was constituted for overall guidance of the defence procurement planning process of the Indian Armed Forces.
The new NGOPVs will be built in indigenous shipyards and will be fitted with state-of-the-art sensor suite with increased endurance.
These platforms will strengthen maritime security by undertaking a multitude of operational roles both in blue water and littorals. These include seaward defence, protection of offshore assets, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIOs) and Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations, surveillance missions, mine warfare, anti-piracy missions, counter infiltration operations, anti-poaching/trafficking operations, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), Search And Rescue (SAR) missions, Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO), helicopter operations and support of special operations.
In January this year, the Indian Navy had issued a Request for Information (RFI) for construction of a new class of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV).
According to technical specification issued with the RFI, the NGOPV should displace about 2,500 tonnes, and feature accommodation for approximately 130 sailors and 20 officers, including four female officers. The vessel should have a maximum speed not less than 25 knots, a range not less than 8500 nm at 14 kn (economical speed) and an endurance of at least 60 days.