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India exported first warship CGS Barracuda to Mauritius

India exported CGS Barracuda offshore patrol vessel (OPV) to Mauritius which is the first warship ordered by a foreign country from shipyard of India.

Dec 23, 2014 19:07 IST
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India on 20 December 2014 exported CGS Barracuda offshore patrol vessel (OPV) to Mauritius. This is the first warship ordered by a foreign country from shipyard of India.

The CGS Barracuda is a warship worth of 58-million US dollars (365 crore rupees). It measures 74.10 meter in length and is capable of moving at a maximum speed of 22 knots (37 kilometers an hour) with an approximate displacement of 1350 tonnes.

It has been designed for the usual OPV tasks - anti-piracy, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and search and rescue. The additional capabilities include: pollution response, external fire fighting, and the movement by sea of troops.

The CGS Barracuda was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata.

Earlier, India has gifted several warships to smaller Indian Ocean countries such as Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius. Sukanya-class OPV which is a used vessel was sold to Sri Lanka and now it serves as the flagship of Sri Lanka navy.

Other than this, GRSE has also bid to build two frigates for the Philippines Navy, for an estimated 1000 crore rupees each. If GRSE wins this order, for which major global shipyards are bidding, including Navantia of Spain, STX of France and Korean majors, Hyundai and Daewoo, then it would be the first time a warship designed and built in India is selected in an international tender.

Chairman and Managing Director of GRSE: Rear Admiral A K Verma

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