Surface Forces: Designed And Built In India
January 29, 2009: The Indian Coast Guard has received the second of two Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel class ships. The 2,200 ton ship was built in India and is 325 feet long and armed with a 30mm auto-cannon and several machine-guns. It can operate a small helicopter. Top speed is 43 kilometers an hour, and the ship can stay at sea for 20 days at a time. The crew of 126 is trained to operate the boat in patrol mode 24/7. There are two cranes for putting two fast (inflatable) boats in the water, so that ships can be boarded and inspected. The ship is of Indian design and construction. India is developing a world class warship manufacturing capability, and is currently designing and building everything from patrol boats to aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines.