With the cost of freight and shipping rising due to increasing activities of international piracy in the Gulf of Aden, the Government of India has taken an important step to ensure the security of international shipping lanes. In a recent development, Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), Mumbai for the acquisition of 14 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) For Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
Building Naval Power for a Secure Indo-Pacific
- Over the past two decades, the Indian Navy has played the role of a “Net Security Provider” in the Indian Ocean, aiming to maintain “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” aSecond, to balance China’s growing naval presence.
- Recognizing the critical need for maritime security, the Government invests in the construction of armed ships to ensure an effective role in protecting international shipping lanes and countering threats in the Indian Ocean.
- What is the value of the recent contract with MDL Rs 1,070 crore, Under the ‘Buy (Indian-IDDM)’ acquisition category the focus is on indigenously designed, developed and manufactured FPVs.
- are ships Expected to be delivered within 63 months, Equipped with advanced features, multi-purpose drones, wirelessly controlled remote water rescue craft, lifebuoys and artificial intelligence capabilities.
Multi-Role Fast Patrol Vessel: Strengthening India’s Maritime Security
- The Ministry of Defense underlines the essential role of FPVs in addressing diverse challenges: fisheries conservation, control, anti smuggling, Shallow water search and rescue, distressed ship assistance, towing, marine pollution response, and anti-piracy operations.
- Emphasizing on the modern features, the Defense Ministry says, ‘Multi-role FPVs play an important role in enhancing fisheries security, anti smuggling, Search and rescue, marine pollution response, and anti-piracy operations, ensuring effective control, monitoring, and assistance in various maritime challenges.
Self-reliant India: Promoting indigenous shipbuilding capabilities
- alliance with the government’Self-reliant India’ or ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ policy, the contract aims to strengthen the country’s indigenous shipbuilding capabilities.
- The Defense Ministry anticipates that this initiative will not only enhance maritime security but also promote maritime economic activities and contribute to the growth of supporting industries, especially the MSME sector.
Ammunition cum Torpedo cum Missile Barge: Enhancement of Naval Logistics
- Apart from FPV, the government has also taken steps to strengthen the logistics and operational capabilities of the Indian Navy.
- A good start Fifth “Ammunition cum Torpedo cum Missile Barge” at MSME Shipyard Suryadeept Projects Private LimitedThane is a symbol of progress in this direction.
- MoD signed a contract with Suryadipta Projects for 11 critical boats on March 5, 2021. These support naval operations by loading and unloading ships, transporting goods and ammunition into the port.
- The move symbolizes a comprehensive approach to strengthening India’s maritime defense infrastructure, ensuring preparedness in the face of emerging challenges.
Important questions related to exam
1. Under which acquisition category Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) are being built by MDL?
2. What is the expected delivery time frame for 14 FPV as per the contract?
3. Which aspect of the MSME sector does the Defense Ministry hope to boost through the contract?
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