Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman approved procurement of six indigenously designed and manufactured Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPVs) for Indian Navy. DAC is Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on capital procurement of Indian Armed Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force).
Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPVs)
NGOPVs will be built in indigenous shipyards at approximate cost of Rs. 4941 crore. They will be fitted with state-of-the-art sensor suite with increased endurance. 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, search & seizure operations and maritime interdiction operations, mine warfare, surveillance missions, anti-piracy missions, counter infiltration operations, anti-poaching and trafficking operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and search and rescue missions.