CSL Bags Coast Guard FPV Contract

By admin • November 4th, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi — The Indian Coast Guard, part of the Indian Armed Forces, has given the $335 million contract to build 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) to state-owned Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). The contract was bagged by CSL amidst tough competition from private and defence shipyards in the country. The contract for FPVs was signed in New Delhi between Preethi Sudan, Joint secretary, Ministry of Defence and Bejoy Bhaskar, Deputy General Manager, CSL.

The acquisition of the FPVs will augment the coastal security of India. As for the details of the FPV, they will be 50 metres long and have a speed of 35 knots. The FPVs will be used for patrolling coastal areas. CSL will deliver the first ship in 20 months time and one every three months thereafter, as per the contract.

The FPV contract for CSL has taken its present order book position to 36 ships valued at about $1.30 billion. CSL’s order book consists of 15 offshore support ships for international owners besides the FPVs for Indian Coast Guard.

The Indian Defence Ministry has initiated several contracts for the Indian Coast Guard this year to beef up coastal security. In March this year, infrastructure construction major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) bagged the contract to design and construct 36 high speed interceptor boats worth $215.5 million for the Indian Coast Guard. The interceptor boats will have aluminium-alloy hull construction with water jet propulsion to enable quick response, necessary for the intended applications, and shall be also crucial for near shore action.

After the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008, India has been building up its maritime security agency, the Indian Coast Guard, with additional personnel and assets. In October 2009, Defence Minister A.K. Antony had announced that an additional 3,000 Coast Guard personnel will be recruited on an urgent basis and that the Coast Guard will be acquiring 20 fast patrol vehicles, 41 interceptor boats, 12 Dornier coastal surveillance aircraft and 7 off-shore patrol vehicles.

Meanwhile, India is also progressing on a chain of 46 coastal radars that will link 9 coastal stations and nine new Coast Guard stations have been approved. The Indian Coast Guard boost was recommended by a high-level panel the government established in 2009 to regularly review India’s coastal security. Acquisition of the platforms, weapons and other equipment for the Coast Guard has also been fast-tracked ever since the Mumbai attacks.

Source: India Defence Online

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