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NEW DELHI: The Defence Ministry signed a Rs 1,070-crore contract with Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) to boost the capabilities of the Indian Coast Guard with 14 fast patrol vessels (FPVs)
“Along with several high-tech advanced features and equipment, the FPVs will be equipped with multipurpose drones, wirelessly controlled remote water rescue craft and AI capability, enabling greater flexibility and operational edge to the coast guard to face new age multidimensional challenges,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
The new vessels will be indigenously designed, developed and manufactured by MDL, and delivered to the coast guard in five years.
The vessels will play a critical role in enhancing fisheries protection and monitoring, control and surveillance, anti-smuggling operations, search and rescue missions, assistance to ships in distress, assistance and monitoring during marine pollution response operations, and anti-piracy operations, the statement said.