While our Indian Navy and Coast Guard protect our India by guarding maritime borders, the real threat of insurgency comes from the mainland with our border with Pakistan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. Be it Yu River near Myanmar, the mighty Sundarbans or Sir Creek near Pakistan outpost, our brave jawans from Border Security Force protect our motherland from insurgents by keeping a tight vigil on river posts. To boost our homeland security, Cochin Shipland will supply 9 Floating Boarder Outpost Vessels to BSF.
Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) received the formal letter of “Acceptance of Tender” for nine (9) nos. FBOPs from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The order worth Rs.270 crores (price for nine vessels) was bagged by CSL against stiff domestic competitive tender process participated by other shipyards. These Boats will eventually join the water wing of Border Security Force (BSF). The first set of 3 FBOPs are to be delivered within 18 months and subsequent batches of 3 each in 9 months intervals.
These vessels will be designed in-house by CSL and are having approx. 46 Meters length and 12 Meters wide capable of working in a very low draft of up to 1.2 meters. Each FBOP also equipped with Four (4) fast patrol boats which can be launched and hoisted using its own davit system. The FBOPs are also equipped with necessary navigation, communication and surveillance systems besides other modern facilities. It also has living accommodation for 38 men on board.
By way of picking up this order, state-owned Cochin Shipyard aims to prove its capability in the defence vessel constructions and its commitment to support the new projects of various Indian Defence organisations for Maritime Security. Jai Hind!