First defence ship by private company ICGS Vikram under 'Make in India' docks at New Mangalore Port


ICGS Vikram

, the first in the class of seven new generation

offshore patrol vessels

(OPVs) contracted by the ministry of defence (MoD) in March 2015 under the government's initiative of '

Make in India

', arrived at its base port - the

New Mangalore Port

, on Sunday.

The 98.2 metre long and 15 metre wide vessel has been designed and built indigenously by

Larsen and Toubro

. Subash Bhamre, junior defence minister, had commissioned the ship in Chennai on April 11.

ICGS Vikram has a 3.6 metre draught, 2,140 tonnes displacement and a range of 5,000 nautical miles. It can attain a sustained speed of up to 26 knots. The ship has been fitted with state-of-the art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries. It also features a 30mm gun and a 12.7mm gun with fire control system giving an edge to its fighting efficiency.

The ship is designed to carry one twin-engine light helicopter and stage two twin engine heavy helicopters with night flying capabilities. It is also capable of ca....

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