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Indian acquisition body steps up on Next-Generation Corvettes

8th June 2022 - 10:30 GMT | by Rahul Bedi in Delhi

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Half a dozen Next-Generation Corvettes for the Indian Navy would replace Khukri-class vessels such as INS Kuthar (pictured). (Photo: Indian Navy)

A programme for six locally built Next-Generation Corvettes has cleared one of 11 approval stages with the Indian MoD.

The Indian MoD has approved the indigenous procurement of assorted platforms and equipment worth INR763.90 billion ($9.83 billion) for all its three services in a bid to boost local industry and reduce materiel imports.

The official Press Information Bureau (PIB) declared on 6 April that the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in the MoD had accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) to locally build six Next-Generation Corvettes (NGCs) for the Indian Navy (IN).

NGCs would conduct surveillance, escort, search-and-attack and coastal defence missions, and operate in IN surface action groups.

An AoN is one of 11 steps that the MoD must undertake

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