The Indian Government has cleared a proposal worth over Rs21.7bn ($458m) to construct eight landing craft utility (LCU) vessels for the navy.

The amphibious assault vessels, with a displacement of around 500t, will be capable of transporting combat vehicles and troops from amphibious assault ships to shores, according to the Press Trust of India.

The new vessels, which will replace the current fleet of six amphibious boats, are expected to join the Indian Navy by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers in Kolkata, India, is expected to build the ships.