All 11 ABG Interceptor Class fast attack crafts inducted The ABG Interceptor Class vessels are series of eleven fast attack crafts being built by ABG Shipyard, Surat for the Indian coast guard. The ships are intended as a cost-effective platform for patrol and rescue operations in close coast and shallow waters. Design Gavin Mair was the Chief designer behind the 26 metre long Interceptors. The vessels were sold as semi knocked down units (SKDs) or kitsets "Interceptor 26" to end customer Indian Coast Guard through the project managers Thornycroft Maritime and assembled by ABG Shipyard in India. The boat have an endurance of 500 nautical miles at a speed of 25 knots and is equipped with jet propulsion system, making it capable of travelling at speeds up to 45 knots when required. By carefully balancing the beam, deadrise and optimum LCG the craft achieves a high speed with a WIDE HULL which means two important things for the operators: 1. Greater stability and hence less rock and roll = more crew comfort. 2. Excellent below deck space, particularly in the engine room and accommodation. The Mono aluminium hulled vessels have a crew of eleven enrolled personnel ie 01 officer and 10 sailors. The interceptor craft are fitted with ultra modern navigational and communication equipment and are designed to perform surveillance, search and rescue, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations in close coast. In addition to small arms, the boats are also fitted with 12.7 mm â€˜Prahari' Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) to augment the vessels fire power. ABG Shipyard Limited got the order in the year 2006 for building 11 interceptor boats for 1.93bn rupees (Rs 17.63 crore per unit). Vessels Pennant Number (commissioned Date) CGS C-143 (03 June 2009) CGS C-144 (09 October 2009) CGS C-145 (17 December 2009) CGS C-146 (16 April 2010) CGS C-147 (28 May 2010) CGS C-148 (01 October 2010) CGS C-149 (01 December 2010) CGS C-150 (28 March 2011) CGS C-151 (28 March 2011) CGS C-152 (18 June 2011) CGS C-153 (Under construction) - Joins Service tomorrow. Specifications Overall Length 26.00 m Waterline Length 21.75 m Beam 6.60 m Draft @ Working Displ. 1.180 m Working Displacement 75 Tonnes Approx Light Displacement 60.60 Tonnes Approx. Deck height above Waterline 2.195 m Bow Freeboard at rest 2.925 m Fuel Capacity 7,000 Litres Approx. Engine/s 2 x MTU 12V4000 @ 2100 RPM Propulsion system 2 x Kamewa 63-S2 Waterjet Total Installed Power 2 x 2,040 kW Sprint Speed 84 km/hr Cruise Speed 65 km/hr Last Interceptor class fast crafts CGS C-153 will be inducted tomorrow.