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India Launches Two Naval Patrol Vessels Built by Private Indian Defense Company

© AP Photo / Rajanish KakadeWorkers prepare the indigenously built “Mormugao” warship for its launch in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.
Workers prepare the indigenously built “Mormugao” warship for its launch in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. - Sputnik International
For the first time, the Indian Navy has launched two naval offshore patrol vessels (NOPVs) built by a private Indian defense company. The NOPVs were built by the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited at its Pipavav shipyard in the western state of Gujarat.

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New Delhi (Sputnik) — The two NOPVs are part of five ships under the P-21 project being constructed for the Indian Navy by RDEL at a cost worth $375 million. The two ships will be known as Shachi and Shruti in the Indian Navy.

"The launch is a significant and milestone event as these two NOPVs are the first warships to be launched by a private sector shipyard in India," Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command said.

Armed with 76-mm super rapid gun mount system along with two 30 mm AK-630 guns, the 105-meter-long patrol vessels with a displacement of 1500 tons can do speed up to 25 knots with the help of 20,000 kW diesel engine-driven propulsion systems. These guns will provide medium-range and short-range offensive and defensive capabilities. The armament is remotely controlled through an electronic fire control system. "It would be propelled by two diesel engines which can deliver speeds up to 25 knots and has an endurance of about 6,000 nautical miles. All ship operations are controlled by an intelligent integrated platform management system, which has interfaces for all operational activities on board the ship," RDEL said in a statement.

Reliance Defense is also engaged in the construction of a training ship and 14 fast patrol vessels for the Indian Coast Guard at a cost of $150 million.

RDEL is competing with another Indian private shipbuilder L&T for the $4.5 billion Indian Navy project for the design and construction of 4 landing platform docks and 8 warships of the anti-submarine warfare swallow water crafts. Bids are expected to be opened in the next few months.

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