October 22, 2017
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Ocean patrolling
RDEL launches NOPV

Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) recently launched the first two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) at their shipyard in Pipavav, Gujarat. The ships are part of a five-ship project being constructed for the Indian Navy.

The two NOPVs, Shachi and Shruti, being constructed at RDEL are patrol ships and are armed with 76mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) system along with two 30mm AK-630M guns which provide medium range and short-range offensive and defensive capabilities. The armament is remotely controlled through an electronic Fire Control System. The ships are fitted with diesel engine driven propulsion systems and can deliver speeds up to 25 knots. All ship operations are controlled by an intelligent Integrated Platform Management System which has interfaces for all operational activities onboard the ship.

This launch is a significant and milestone event, as these two NOPVs are the first warships to be launched by a private sector shipyard in India.