Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has won a contract from the Vietnam Border Guard to design and build high-speed patrol vessels in India.
Under the $99.7m contract, the company will also provide transfer design and technology, as well as supplying equipment and material kits to construct follow-on vessels at a Vietnam shipyard.
L&T was among three shortlisted bidders for a tender floated by Vietnam’s Ministry of Defence last year for the design and construction of patrol boats.
The patrol boats will be designed and built at L&T’s dedicated Warship Design Centre, with the vessels being built at L&T’s Kattupalli Shipyard, near Chennai, India.
The 35m-long high-speed patrol vessels will be built using aluminium alloy and will be fitted with navigation and surveillance equipment, and self-defence capabilities.
Capable of operating at a speed of 35k, the vessels will be designed to combat and protect sea security and sovereignty, and to control illegal activities such as smuggling, as well as engaging in search-and-rescue missions.
Currently, L&T is under an Indian MoD contracts to design and build 54 interceptor boats for the Indian Coast Guard and has already delivered 28 boats.
Additionally, the company is building seven offshore patrol vessels for the Indian Coast Guard and a floating dock for the Indian Navy.