The contract will involve the supply of Rolls-Royce Kamewa 71S3np water jets (three per vessel), and associated equipment including a joystick control system that will enhance the maneuvering capabilities of the vessels.
The 50 m long vessels, which are currently under construction, will reach speeds of 33 knots and will operate in Indian coastal waters and around island territories. Their roles will include coastal patrolling, anti-smuggling missions, fisheries protection, as well as search and rescue duties.
Water jets enable operation in shallow waters and offer higher speeds and better maneuverability than conventional propellers.
September 14, 2011