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Vietnam has reportedly shown interest in the Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMVs) developed by India’s Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). These anti-surface warfare corvettes are designed for the Indian Navy and will be equipped with advanced stealth features and powerful weaponry.

The NGMVs are designed to be agile and stealthy, with a low radar cross-section (RCS) to minimize detection. They will also incorporate advanced technology to reduce infrared, acoustic, and magnetic signatures, making them difficult to track by enemies.

The armament of the NGMVs is expected to include the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, a potent weapon that can strike targets at long ranges. The vessels can also be equipped with other anti-ship missiles or land-attack missiles, providing them with a versatile offensive capability.

CSL secured a contract worth Rs 9,805 crore ($1.4 billion) to build six NGMVs for the Indian Navy, with deliveries commencing from March 2027. This project signifies CSL’s expertise in constructing advanced warships.

Vietnam’s interest in the NGMVs highlights the growing importance of the South China Sea region. Vietnam, along with several other countries, has territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea. The NGMVs, with their advanced capabilities, could be a valuable asset for Vietnam in safeguarding its maritime interests.

Key features of the NG

  • Developed by: Cochin Shipyard Limited
  • Class of vessel: Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMVs)
  • Purpose: Anti-surface warfare corvettes for the Indian Navy
  • Armament: BrahMos cruise missile, anti-ship missile or land-attack missile
  • Tonnage: 2200
  • Features: Stealth, high speed, maritime strike and anti-surface warfare operations
  • Contract value: Rs 9,805 crore ($1.4bn)
  • Number of vessels: 6
  • Delivery commencement: March 2027