The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) today 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 rupees.
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.
The Defence Ministry said, these platforms will strengthen maritime security by undertaking a multitude of operational roles both in blue water and littorals.
These includes seaward defence, protection of offshore assets and search and seizure operations, surveillance missions, anti-piracy missions and disaster relief and rescue missions.