Indian Navy to buy 80 interception boats from Sri Lankan builder


The Indian Navy aiming to increase the security in the coastal areas around the country has decided to purchase 80 high speed interceptor boats from a Sri Lanka-based ship manufacturer at a cost of 67 million dollars.

The contract to purchase 80 Fast Interception Craft (FIC) from Solas Marine Lanka (Pvt) Ltd is in its final stages and the deal is expected to be finalized soon, a PTI report said today.

Dubai based multinational company, Solas Marine Services Group established the Solas Marine Lanka (Pvt) Ltd under Sri Lanka Board of Investment. The company is located along the Hamilton Canal at Wattala, near Colombo.

According to Indian naval officials the boats with speeds between 45-50 miles per hour are planned to be used for coastal security duties and to engage any suspicious craft or activities in the coastal areas.

The Indian Navy expects to induct the 80 FIC in the next three years, the report said.

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