INS Saryu, the lead ship of her class of offshore patrol vessels of the Indian Navy. Indian Navy Photo
We have a report from Brahmand.com, there is at least a possibility India’s future Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) will be built with Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles ASCMs).
India’s leading defence shipyard, Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) has submitted a proposal to the Indian Navy to construct offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) armed with missiles.
“We have submitted a proposal to the Indian Navy that all the future OPVs should be developed with the missile on board.
That will give more combat muscle to the vessel. If fitted with missile, the pricing of the vessel goes up only by ten per cent,”
Of course, that does not necessarily mean the proposal will be accepted, but it would make sense, if the Indian Navy is, like the US Navy, thinking in terms of “Distributed Lethality.” Or as it is sometimes expressed, “If it floats, it fights.”
I found the 10% additional cost estimate interesting, but I suspect adding an ASCM capability to the projected CG Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs) would probably be closer 5%, given the much higher cost of building the platform in the US. Manning requirement would probably increase at most three enlisted and an officer.