Vikram ready to set sail

  • Vikram, the first of a series of seven Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), was launched.
  • The long-range ship was built by Larsen and Toubro.

What are OPVs?

  • OPVs are long-range surface ships capable of coastal and offshore patrolling, policing maritime zones, control & surveillance, anti-smuggling & anti-piracy operations with limited wartime roles.
  • It is the country’s first-ever such defence craft to be built in a private shipyard (L&T).
  • It is likely to be inducted into the Indian Coast Guard in April 2018.


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