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Indian Coast Guard commissions Vikram-class OPV ICGS Vigraha.

| 2021

According to information published by the Twitter account of the Indian Coast Guard on August 28, 2021, the Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel ICGS Vigraha being commissioned by the Indian Minister of Defense, Rajnath Singh in Chennai.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Vikram-class Offshore Patrol Vessel ICGS Vigraha (Picture source: Twitter account of the Indian Coast Guard)

The Vikram-class is 97 metres (318 ft 3 in) long, 15 metres (49 ft 3 in) wide, with a 3.6-metre (11 ft 10 in) draught and has a displacement of 2,140 tonnes. It is capable of maximum speed of 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph) with a range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at a cruising speed of 12 to 14 knots (22 to 26 km/h; 14 to 16 mph).

The class will be armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) CRN 91 Naval Gun, two 12.7 mm (0.50 in) heavy machine guns with fire control system, a helicopter for various operational, surveillance, and search and rescue missions.

It also has modern radar; navigation and communication systems; front propulsion pods providing high maneuverability. It has been indigenously designed and has undergone dual certification from the American Bureau of Shipping and Indian Register of Shipping. The ships would be tasked with the roles of policing maritime zones, control and surveillance, search and rescue, pollution response, anti-smuggling and anti-piracy in the economic zones of the country.

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