INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP -VIGRAHA

  • The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Vigraha was commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
  • It is the last vessel in the series of seven OPVs built by Larsen & Toubro (Private Company) under an Ministry of Defence contract signed in 2015.
  • In May 2021, OPV Sajag was commissioned into the ICG.

Important points:

  • It is about 98 metres long, 15 metres wide, has 3.6 metres draught, with 2,140 tonnes displacement and a range of 5,000 nautical miles.
  • It can attain a sustained speed of up to 26 knots.
  • It is fitted with advanced technology radars, navigation & communication equipment, sensors and machinery capable of operating in tropical sea conditions.
  • It is also equipped with an integrated bridge system, integrated platform management system, automated power management system and high-power external fire-fighting system.
  • It is armed with a 40/60 Bofors gun and fitted with two 12.7 mm Stabilised Remote Control Gun with fire control system.

Special Capability:

  • To carry one twin-engine Helicopter and four high speed boats for boarding operation, search & rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol.
  • Capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spills at sea.
  • OPVs are long-range surface ships, capable of operation in maritime zones of India, including island territories with helicopter operation capabilities.
  • Their roles include coastal and offshore patrolling, policing maritime zones of India, control and surveillance, anti-smuggling and anti-piracy operations with limited wartime roles.

SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT

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