After Mauritius, India to export warships to Sri Lanka

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  1. cobra commando

    cobra commando Tharki regiment Veteran Member Senior Member

    Oct 3, 2009
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    KOLKATA: India will now export two warships to Sri Lanka after delivering a warship to Mauritius for the first time, minister of state for defence production Rao Inderjit Singh said here on Saturday. "From Sri Lanka, we have received an order to build two off- shore patrol vehicles (OPV) and they are under construction in Goa Shipyard," the minister said on the sidelines of the ceremonial delivery of warship CGS Barracuda to the Mauritian Coast Guard. He said the ships are entirely indigenously built and there hasn't been any technology cooperation with any foreign partners. "This is the first time the export barrier has been breached... This will be the first in the long line of ships that we hope to export from our country... I think the country can feel proud that the ship- building industry has come of age," the minister said. CGS Barracuda is an OPV built by government-owned 'mini ratna' Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) and is priced at $58.5 million. The warship completed sea trials last month after which the official hand over process was started. The 83 crew capacity warship will be used by the Mauritian Coast Guard for anti-piracy and anti- poaching operations. Besides, it is also capable of search and rescue missions, transportation of small detachment of troops and helicopter operations and can handle external firefighting. The warship can also be used for cargo handling.

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    After Mauritius, India to export warships to Sri Lanka - The Times of India
  3. prohumanity

    prohumanity Regular Member

    Sep 2, 2013
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    Good...keeping our neighbors safe from outside powers is a good idea.

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