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India Boosts Naval Power with Next-gen Patrol Vessels

India Boosts Naval Power with Next-gen Patrol Vessels

Marking a significant step towards self-reliance in defense manufacturing, India held the keel laying ceremony for its first Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (NGOPV) on Friday. This indigenous shipbuilding program, valued at $1.2 billion, underscores India’s commitment to the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” (Self-reliant India) initiative.

The Ministry of Defense had finalized contracts for 11 NGOPVs over a year ago. Goa Shipyard (GSL) will construct seven vessels, while Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata, will build the remaining four. Deliveries are expected to begin in September 2026.

Boosting Naval Prowess

These 115-meter long, 2,500-ton NGOPVs are considerably larger and more capable than existing patrol vessels. They will enhance the Indian Navy’s ability to:

  • Safeguard economic and geopolitical interests
  • Combat piracy
  • Strengthen coastal defense
  • Conduct surveillance operations
  • Perform Search and Rescue (SAR) missions
  • Protect offshore assets

The NGOPVs come at a time when India is prioritizing bolstering its naval power. The Indian Ocean region faces growing security concerns, and China’s expanding presence necessitates a robust Indian Navy. The goal is to increase the warship fleet to around 200 by 2035.

Shifting Gears on Domestic Shipbuilding

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For decades, delays plagued domestic defense shipbuilding projects in India. However, the government’s focus on self-reliance is changing the landscape. Currently, 65 out of 67 warships in the Indian Navy’s order book are being built in Indian shipyards. The NGOPV program signifies a positive step towards achieving self-sufficiency in maritime defense equipment.

MMJ News Desk
Author: MMJ News Desk

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