India issues RfPs for four new vessel types
The Indian MoD has issued four requests for proposals (RfPs) for the acquisition of vessels for the navy and coast guard.
Worth a combined total of INR15,000 crore ($2.25 billion), an RfP for six Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMVs) has been issued to seven shipyards, while requests for eight Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), 12 Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) and eight Missile-cum-Ammunition Barges have been issued to shortlisted Indian shipyards.
The RfP for ACVs also includes an initial requirement for six examples for the Indian army.
In addition to these, more RfPs for additional shipbuilding projects are expected to be issued in the coming months.
The MoD has been assessing and qualifying the shipyards ahead of issuing the RfPs, and financial selection criteria has influenced the issue of the requests.
In an effort to encourage smaller shipyards, the projects are targeting yards with an average annual turnover of less than INR500 crore.
Joint development between Indian shipyards and foreign industry is encouraged, particularly with regards to the ACV requirement, the MoD said.
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