SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
The Government of India’s Ministry of Defence intends to purchase 21 (twenty one) New Waterjet fast attack craft (NWJFAC) for the Indian Navy (IN) from registered Indian shipyards. The NWJFAC would be built in stages over the course of four years (2026-2030).
The NWJFAC must be capable of performing local naval defence, as well as seaward defence of defended ports, offshore installations, vital areas, and vital points. In addition, the NWJFAC will intercept high-speed craft and conduct seaward anti-terrorist patrols to ensure the security of coastal installations, naval harbours, and its own coast.
NWJFAC will be used for anti-piracy and special operations. The vessels will also be used for Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), and Presence Cumulative Surveillance Missions (PSM).
The acquisition of 21 NWJFAC is proposed, with the NGNWJFAC expected to be delivered between 2026 and 2030. Shipyards must provide feedback on the build period and delivery timelines.
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