L&T-class fast interceptor craft

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Class overview
Name: L&T-class fast interceptor craft
Builders: Larsen & Toubro
Operators: Indian Coast Guard
Built: 2010–present
In commission: 2012–present
Planned: 54
Active: 11
General characteristics
Type: Fast interceptor craft
Displacement: 90 tonnes (89 long tons; 99 short tons)
Length: 30 m (98 ft 5 in)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × Caterpillar 3516C marine propulsion engines
  • 2 × C-4.4 auxiliary generator sets
  • 2 × MJP waterjets
Speed: 45 knots (83 km/h; 52 mph)
Complement: 1 officer and 11 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
MARIS ECDIS900 SmartLine Mk10

L&T fast interceptor craft are a series of high-speed interceptor boats being built by L&T Shipyard for the Indian Coast Guard. The ships are intended for patrol and rescue operations in India's Exclusive Economic Zone.

Design[edit]

The interceptor boats are of planing-type, designed by the L&T Marine & Ship Design Division, an in-house facility of Larsen & Toubro Limited. They are 30 metres long with 90 tonnes displacement and can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. The interceptor boats has full aluminium-alloy hull for reduced weight and is powered by twin water-jet propulsion systems to enable quick response. The vessels are fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment and medium-range armament. Each vessel is powered by two Caterpillar Marine Power Systems 3516C marine propulsion engines (2525 bkW @ 1800 rpm, ‘D’ Rating) and two C-4.4 auxiliary generator sets (86 eKW @ 1500 rpm). The water-jets for the high-speed interceptor boats are being supplied by MJP Waterjets. Delivery of the water-jets began in 2010 and will continue until 2013.[1] They are also fitted with MARIS ECDIS900 SmartLine Mk10 Flat Panel Computer with radar kit.[2]

The vessel's crew consists of one officer and eleven personnel and are designed to perform coastal surveillance, search and rescue, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations in close coast and can also operate effectively in shallow water.

Orders[edit]

M/s L&T secured an order on 22 March 2010 for building 36 high speed interceptor boats for Rs 977 crores.[3] It further secured an additional order on 22 January 2013 to produce 18 similar Interceptor boats for Rs 447 crore.[4] The boats are planned to be constructed at L&T’s existing shipyard at Hazira and at its new up-coming Kattupalli Shipyard near Ennore.

Commission and deployment[edit]

ICGS C-401, the first of the series was commissioned at Porbandar by Air Marshal A.K. Gogoi, Air Officer, Commanding-in-Chief South Western Air Command on 20 December 2012.[5] Its first deployment is at Mundra under the administrative and operational control of the Commander Coast Guard (North-West) region and commanded by Deputy Commandant Lakshya Sharma.

The second vessel of the class, C-402, was commissioned at Mumbai Naval Dockyard on 12 April 2013,[6] followed by C-403 at Mundra on 11 August 2013,[7] and C-404 at Vizhinjam on 6 December 2013.[8]

See also[edit]

External images
L&T class High speed Interceptor Boat
ICGS C-401

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MJP Waterjets $12M Contract for Indian Coast". marinelink.com. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Indian Coast Guard breakthrough for MARIS". maritime-executive.com. 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Gupta, J.P. (22 March 2010). "Indian Coast Guard to get 36 high speed boats". igovernment.in. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "L&T Secures Additional Defence Order for 18 Interceptor Boats". Larsen & Toubro. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Coast Guard Ship C-401 commissioned at Porbandar". The Times of India. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Coast Guard interceptor boat commissioned". The Times of India. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Coast Guard hi-tech ship bolsters Kutch security". The Times of India. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "New ship adds teeth to Coast Guard operations". The Hindu. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2014.