ICG to get 14 fast patrol vessels: Govt

New Delhi, Jan 24 (UNI) The Central Government announced on Wednesday that it will acquire 14 fast patrol vessels (FPVs) worth over Rs 1070 crore for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

These multi-role FPVs will be indigenously designed, developed, and manufactured by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL), Mumbai, under the Buy (Indian-IDDM) Category and will be delivered in a total of 63 months, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement here.

Equipped with several high-tech advanced features and equipment, these FPVs will also incorporate multipurpose drones, wirelessly controlled remote water rescue craft lifebuoy, Al capability, etc., enabling greater flexibility and operational edge for the ICG to face new age multidimensional challenges.

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 and craft in distress, towing capabilities, assistance and monitoring during marine pollution response operations, and anti-piracy operations, it said.

The acquisition of these FPVs aims to bolster the ICG’s capabilities, emphasizing the government’s increased focus on maritime security.

The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL), Mumbai, on January 24 for the acquisition of 14 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

The value of the contract is Rs 1070.47 crore, the ministry said.

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