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L&T launches Indian Coast Guard’s fourth OPV

8th November 2018 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has launched the Indian Coast Guard’s fourth offshore patrol vessel (OPV) at its Kattupalli Shipyard.

The vessel is fourth in a series of seven OPVs L&T is building under a contract awarded by the Indian Ministry of Defence in March 2015.

Each 97m long, 15m wide OPV has 3.6m draught and 2140t displacement with a range of 5000 nautical miles. The vessels can attain sustained speeds of up to 26kt.

The OPVs are equipped to operate helicopters and will be deployed for operations including coastal and offshore patrol, policing maritime zones, control and surveillance, anti-smuggling and anti-piracy operations with limited wartime roles.

L&T delivered the first of class OPV, ICGS Vikram, in April 2018. This was followed by the delivery of second OPV, ICGS Vijaya, in August. The third OPV is currently being readied for sea trials

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