The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded four contracts, totalling Rs230bn ($2.79bn), for the procurement of vessels, missiles and fire control systems for the Indian Navy.
Two contracts, totalling Rs196bn ($2.38bn) have been awarded to Indian shipyards for the delivery of 11 next-generation offshore patrol vessels and six next-generation missile vessels (NGMVs).
Goa Shipyard (GSL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) received a contract for the supply of the offshore patrol vessels. Under the contract, GSL will build seven ships, while GRSE will build the remaining four.
Scheduled to be delivered from September 2026, the Indian-designed and built vessels are planned to be deployed on missions including anti-piracy, counter-infiltration, anti-trafficking, anti-poaching, non-combatant evacuation operations, and search and rescue (SAR).
Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) was contracted to deliver six NGMVs, which will provide offensive capability against enemy warships, merchantmen and land targets.
Scheduled to be delivered from March 2027, the heavily armed NGMVs will be designed to provide stealth and high-speed capabilities.
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The MoD has awarded a contract, valued at Rs17bn ($206.9m), to BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL) to deliver long-range next-generation maritime mobile coastal batteries (NGMMCBs) and BrahMos missiles.
The company plans to start the delivery of the NGMMCBs from 2027.
Armed with the supersonic BrahMos missiles, the NGMMCBs are expected to significantly enhance the Indian Navy’s multi-directional maritime strike capability.
Designed and developed in India, the fourth-generation Lynx-U2 naval gun fire control system can accurately track and engage targets amid sea clutter.
The systems will be installed on the next-generation offshore patrol vessels which are to be built at GSL and GRSE.
In a separate announcement, the Indian MoD awarded two contracts, with a combined value over Rs91bn ($1.1bn), for the procurement of the Akash weapon system (AWS) and 12 weapon locating radars, WLR Swathi (Plains), for the Indian Army. The radar systems are designed to locate guns, mortars and rockets which are firing on troops.
The first contract has been awarded to Bharat Dynamics for the supply of improved AWS for the 3rd and 4th Regiments of Army Air Defence. It will include live missiles and launchers with upgrades, ground support equipment, vehicles and infrastructure.
The second contract for the Indian Army’s WLR Swathi (Plains) has been awarded to BEL.