Reliance Defence and Engineering (RDEL), an Indian shipbuilding and heavy industry company, has launched the first two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) NS001 & NS002 at its shipyard in Pipavav, Gujarat.
Both the NOPVs are part of the five ships under P-21 project of the Indian Navy.
RDEL is the first private shipyard in the country to obtain a defence production license and ink a contract for defence ships in 2011. The company is also involved in construction of one training ship and fourteen Fast Petrol Vessels (FPVs) for the Indian Coast Guard.
The five NOPVs are patrol ships and armed with a 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) system along with two 30 mm AK-630 guns.