Jun 08, 2022

In addition to numerous modernization approvals, India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has accorded the "Acceptance of Necessity" classification for the procurement of eight next-generation corvettes (NGCs) for the Indian Navy. The value of these projects was announced at Rs 76,390 Crore ($9.8 billion USD).

These next-generation Corvettes will replace a legacy fleet. The Indian Navy has recently begun decommissioning the first of its 32-year-old-plus fleet. As such, the new vessels will provide a "much-needed boost to India’s naval shipbuilding industry" says Defence Analyst Tushar Mangure, who suggests the new builds could include "a significantly higher level of indigenous materials, equipment and weapon systems such as the Vertical Launch-Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) and BrahMos-NG," both of which are in advanced stages of development.

In an effort to reduce foreign spending, construction of these new vessels will be based on a new in-house design of the Indian Navy using latest shipbuilding technology. The NGCs are expected to be primarily designed for Anti-surface warfare (ASuW) but may also possess capabilities for undertaking additional roles including surveillance, Surface Action Group (SAG) operations, and coastal defence. 

The addition of NGCs with state-of-the-art sensors, communication, and electronic warfare systems will enable the Indian Navy to reinforce its network-centric warfare capabilities, which is limited in the present in-service Corvettes.

Construction of the NGCs will use cutting-edge shipbuilding techniques for build quality enhancement and efficiency including the use of advanced materials such as Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) for Radar Cross Section (RCS) and weight reduction.

The government also approved a digitization project for its Coast Guard under the [Buy Indian] Category. This project, called "Digital Coast Guard" will establish a secure network for digitizing various surface and aviation operations, logistics, finance and HR processes including automated payment processes.