The Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) on 25 July 2017 launched the first two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) Shachi and Shruti at their shipyard in Pipavav, Gujarat.
These vessels are part of a five ship project being constructed for the Indian Navy.
Highlights of the Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels
• The main aim of NOPVs is to undertake surveillance of the country’s vast Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
• Their operational tasks include anti-piracy patrols, fleet support operations, maritime security of offshore assets, coastal security operations, and protection of shipping lanes.
• The NOPVs would help in enhancing the ocean surveillance and patrolling capabilities of the Indian Navy.
• These NOPVs are armed with 76mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) system along with two 30mm AK-630M guns which provide medium range and short range offensive and defensive capabilities.
• The armament of the ship is remotely controlled through an electronic Fire Control System.
• The ships are fitted with diesel engine driven propulsion systems and can deliver speeds upto 25 knots.
• All ship operations are controlled by an Integrated Platform Management System which has interfaces for all operational activities onboard the ship.
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