Defence Ministry inks Rs 2,310Cr contract with Mazagon Dock

The Defence Ministry has formalized a contract worth Rs 2,310 crore with Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders for the construction of a training ship for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). This dedicated training platform, equipped with integral helicopter capabilities, will provide essential sea training for 70 Coast Guard and international under-trainee officers. It aims to prepare these budding mariners for the multi-dimensional maritime challenges inherent to Coast Guard operations.

 

The training vessel will be outfitted with advanced high-tech surveillance and monitoring systems. This equipment will offer crucial insights and expertise to ICG cadets regarding sea challenges while ensuring the security of coastlines and offshore assets.

 

While specific details were not disclosed, the ministry emphasized that a significant portion of the equipment and systems will be sourced from indigenous manufacturers, including MSMEs. The project is expected to generate substantial employment opportunities over a three-year period.

 

In line with the 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' initiative, this contract will not only enhance indigenous shipbuilding capabilities but also bolster maritime economic potential.

 

During a visit to Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai on September 25, Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane urged Defense Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) to play an even greater role in achieving self-reliance in defence production. He emphasized the critical importance of increasing indigenous content in warship construction for advancing national self-sufficiency.

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