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India launches 11th Sankalp-class vessel

15 November 2019
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India's 11th Sankalp-class OPV, seen here at its launch ceremony. Source: Goa Shipyard Limited

India's Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched another 105 m improved Sankalp-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ordered for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

The vessel was launched on 14 November at GSL's facilities in Goa. It will be the 11th vessel in the Sankalp class, which is referred to in India as the Samarth class after the programme's third ship, which features a longer beam than its predecessors.

The OPV is part of a five-vessel, INR20 billion (USD275 million) contract approved by the Indian government in August 2016. This contract is also referred to in country as the Samarth-class Flight II project.

It is a follow-on contract to the six 105 m Batch II Sankalp-class OPVs, also referred to as the Samarth-class Flight I, which GSL signed for in January 2012.

The improved Sankalp class has an overall beam of 13.6 m, a draught of about 3.7 m, and displaces 2,450 tonnes at full load. The OPV is powered by two MTU 20V 8000 M71L diesel engines driving two controllable pitch propellers, and has a top speed of 23 kt and a standard range of 6,500 n miles (12,038 km) at 12 kt.

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