This is the first OPV
class vessel for the Indian Coast Guard
that has been built by a private sector yard.
was entrusted by the Ministry of Defence
in March 2015 to design and build seven OPVs for an order value of Rs 1,432 crore. The remaining six OPVs will be delivered over the next three years.
First of the seven series was launched on Friday at L&T's Shipbuilding Yard at Kattupalli. This is the first of the 07 OPV
series under construction by L&T
Shipbuilding, which will be inducted in April 2018 after completion of trials on equipment and machinery. The subsequent OPVs will be delivered within a gap of six months.
said that the construction of other OPVs will be delivered ahead of the contracted delivery dates.
About the vessel
The vessel has a length of 98 metres with gross tonnage of 2,100 tonnes and its endurance is 5,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12-14 knots. The maximum speed is 26 knots.
The ship is fitted with one 30 mm automatic gun and two 12.7 mm gun with Fire Cintrol System (FCS).
The ship will have Integral Twin Engine Helicopter which will enhance its operational, survelliance, search and rescue capabilities.9