ICGS Vigraha- Relevance for UPSC Exam
- GS Paper 3: Science and Technology- Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
ICGS Vigraha- Context
- Recently, the Defence Minister dedicated to the Nation the indigenously built Coast Guard Ship ICGS ‘Vigraha’ in Chennai.
- The defense minister said that ICGS Vigraha is a perfect example of a successful public-private partnership to achieve ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’.
ICGS Vigraha- Key Points
- About ICGS Vigraha: It is an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) that has been designed and built indigenously by M/s Larsen & Toubro Ship Building Ltd.
- It is seventh in the series of Offshore Patrol Vessels.
- With the entry of ICGS Vigraha, the Indian Coast Guard’s fleet will have 157 Ships and 66 Aircraft in its inventory.
- Operational and Administrative Command: It will operate on India’s Eastern Seaboard under the Operational and Administrative Control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).
- ICGS Vigraha will be based in Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh.
ICGS Vigraha: Arsenal Onboard and Operational Capabilities
- ICGS Vigraha is fitted with advanced technology radars, navigation & communication equipment, sensors, and machinery capable of operating in tropical sea conditions. The ICGS Vigraha is also-
- capable of carrying one twin-engine Helicopter & four high-speed boats.
- Equipped with integrated bridge system, integrated platform management system, automated power management system, and high-power external fire-fighting system.
- Armed with a 40/60 Bofors gun and fitted with two 12.7 mm Stabilized Remote-Control Gun with the fire control system.
- The ICGS Vigraha will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard Charter, to safeguard the maritime interests of India.
- The ICGS Vigraha ship is also capable of carrying limited pollution response equipment to contain oil spills at sea.