New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence on Monday inked a contract with Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) for the construction of eight Fast Patrol Vessels for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at a total project cost of Rs 473 crore.
The Ministry said in a statement that the contract was signed by Joint Secretary (Maritime & Systems) Mr Dinesh Kumar and Chairman & Managing Director, GSL Cmde BB Nagpal (Retd) in New Delhi on March 28, 2022.
According to the MoD, these surface platforms will be indigenously designed, developed and manufactured by GSL under Buy (Indian-IDDM) category. These eight high-speed vessels will be based along the coast of India with the capability to operate in shallow waters and enhance the security apparatus along the vast coastline.
While meeting the objectives of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat,’ this would boost the indigenous shipbuilding capability and increase employment opportunities in the sector. The contract will further boost the Government’s resolve of making India a defence manufacturing hub that caters to not only the domestic needs but also the export market.
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