The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)
has approved procurement of six
indigenously designed and manufactured Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels
(NGOPVs) for the Indian Navy at an approximate cost of four thousand 941 crore
The DAC in its meeting headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New
Delhi gave its approval in this regard. An official release said, the vessels
will be built in indigenous shipyards and will be fitted with state-of-the-art
sensor suite with increased endurance.
Defence Ministry said, 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 and search and
seizure operations, surveillance missions, anti-piracy missions and disaster
relief and rescue missions.