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Goa Shipyard Ltd to built 6 NGOPV for the Indian Navy

Source : The Times of India

Goa Shipyard Ltd to built 6 NGOPV for the Indian Navy
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Goa Shipyard Limited has emerged as the leading shipyard to build the Indian Navy’s next generation off-shore patrol vessels (NGOPVs) and eight fast patrol vessels for the Indian Coast Guard. The two contracts are likely to be signed in the near future, GSL chairman and managing director B B Nagpal said recently.

According to initial information released by the ministry of defence, the contract for 11 next generation off-shore patrol vessels is valued at around Rs 9,000 crore. GSL is expected to build seven of the warships while the remaining four will be built by another shipyard.

The naval off-shore patrol vessels will play a key role in protection of offshore assets, undertaking mine countermeasure operations through modular payloads and also aid special operations. “The yard has undergone various modernisation. GSL has emerged as L1 (lowest bider) for a contract to build fast patrol vessels for the Indian Coast Guard and to build the Navy’s next generation off-shore patrol vessels,” said Nagpal.

A GSL officials said a formal contract for the two projects will be signed in the coming months with the fast patrol vessels being built as per GSL’s in-house design and modern equipment. In 2018, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) had approved the procurement of six indigenously designed NGOPVs for the Indian Navy at an approximate cost of Rs 4,941 crore. The contract was awarded to the Anil Ambani-owned Pipavav Shipyards but was ultimately scrapped due to several delays. The ministry of defence then increased the number of platforms for the Indian Navy to 11 in December 2020 and a tender worth over Rs 9,000 crore was floated, which GSL is now on the verge of bagging.

The NGOPVs will strengthen India’s maritime security as the acquisition of the advanced patrol vessels will help the navy track and counter the steady rise in the deployment of Chinese research vessels in the Indian Ocean Region and in Indian waters. The Navy aims to have 200 warships by 2027, but funding constraints have prevented the force from aggressively building its surface and sub-surface fleet.Goa Shipyard is also working on autonomous platforms for the Indian Navy.

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