Next-Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (NGOPV)

Next-Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (NGOPV)


The steel-cutting ceremony for the first Next-Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (NGOPV) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was held at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), Mumbai.

  • Earlier in 2023, the Ministry of Defence signed a contract with MDL to procure six NGOPVs for the ICG at a total cost of ₹1,614.89 crore. This project aims to bolster coastal and offshore patrol capabilities, safeguard maritime zones, and enhance operational efficiency.


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What are NGOPVs?

  • Next-Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPVs) are small surface ships designed for coastal defence.
  • These vessels are well-equipped to handle a variety of roles, including maritime security, border control, anti-smuggling, counter-terrorism, and disaster relief.
  • The NGOPVs feature state-of-the-art machinery and equipment, powered by two diesel engines capable of achieving a maximum continuous speed of 23 knots and covering a distance of up to 5,000 nautical miles.
  • Additionally, they are equipped with integral twin-engine helicopter facilities and staging for heavy helicopters, enabling swift and effective aerial surveillance and response capabilities.


  • The NGOPVs provide the Indian Coast Guard with unparalleled flexibility and an operational edge, featuring advanced technologies such as multipurpose drones, artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, and wirelessly controlled remote water rescue craft.
  • These vessels enhance the ICG’s ability to conduct a wide range of missions, ensuring robust maritime security and response capabilities in India’s coastal and offshore zones.