Indian shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) has launched the Indian Navy's third of eight vessels being built for the landing craft utility (LCU) MkIV project.
The new vessel will transport main battle tanks, armoured vehicles and Indian Army troops during amphibious missions.
The vessel will be armed with a range of weaponry, including an integrated platform management system for the remote control of propulsion, auxiliary and power generating equipment.
In addition, two CRN-91 indigenous 30mm guns will provide fire support during operations.
The vessel is capable of being deployed for a range of maritime missions, including maritime security, beaching / un-beaching, and humanitarian relief operations and evacuation, as well as search and rescue and peacekeeping missions.
The first LCU was launched in March last year, with the second following in September.
The Indian Navy also recently commissioned the indigenously built, latest-generation INS Sumitra naval offshore patrol vessel, built Goa Shipyard (GSL), as part of efforts to bolster maritime surveillance and coastal security.
Image: The new LCU will transport main battle tanks. Photo: courtesy of the Indian Navy.