The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued four shipbuilding Requests for Proposals (RFP) amounting to Rs 15,000 crore (~$2.17 billion) for the acquisition of various vessels for the Navy and the Coast Guard.
The RFP for six Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMVs) was issued to seven shipyards, while the RFPs for eight Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), 12 Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs)/Hovercraft and eight Missile-cum-Ammunition Barges were issued to shortlisted Indian shipyards.
NGMVs form the major part of the acquisition program and are being procured for the Navy along with Missile-cum-Ammunition Barges, while the other vessels are for the Coast Guard. The RFP for ACVs also includes an initial requirement for six ACVs of the Indian Army.
The RFP for NGMVs are issued to two private sector shipyards – Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Shipbuilding and Reliance Naval and Engineering Ltd (RNAVAL) – and five government-owned shipyards – Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL), Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) and Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL).
Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMVs) are planned class of anti-surface warfare (ASuW) corvettes being developed for the Indian Navy. NGMVs will be armed with anti-ship or land attack missiles such as Brahmos supersonic cruise missile or Nirbhay long-range cruise missile.
In case of ACVs, the RFI encourages joint development of design by Indian Shipyards in collaboration with a foreign design house or sourcing the design for construction of ACVs with substantial Indian content.