India’s Ministry of Defence is acquiring a new class of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to improve the navy’s maritime surveillance and interdiction capabilities, and has issued a request for information (RFI) to finalise specifications of the programme.
The platform, which will be known as the next generation offshore patrol vessel (NGOPV), will also be used by the Indian Navy (IN) for military operations other than war (MOOTW) such as search-and-rescue (SAR) missions, non-combatant evacuations, and anti-poaching patrols.
According to technical specification issued with the RFI, the NGOPV should displace about 2,500 tonnes, and feature accommodation for approximately 130 sailors and 20 officers, including four female officers.
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