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India Deploys Improved Fast Attack Craft for Surveillance Amid Terror Threat

Sputnik News

18:22 19.10.2016(updated 18:34 19.10.2016)

Indian strategic establishments located in coastal areas received a high level threat from different terrorist groups.

New Delhi (Sputnik) – The Indian Navy commissioned the highly maneuverable fast attack craft INS Tihayu at the Eastern Naval Command. INS Tihayu is the second ship of the four follow-on water jet fast attack craft that can operate in shallow waters at high speeds and are equipped with enhanced fire power.

INS Tihayu will be deployed for coastal patrols and surveillance operations along the eastern coast. The 320 ton ship can achieve speeds in excess of 35 knots.

"The ship's armament consists of a 30 mm Close Range Naval 91 gun, two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns and multiple medium machine guns, besides shoulder-launched Igla surface-to-air missiles to combat aerial threats," reads a statement issued by Indian Navy.

"Conceived, designed and built indigenously, the commissioning of this ship completes the addition of another chapter to the nation's 'Make in India' initiative and indigenisation efforts in the field of warship design and construction."

Last week reports submitted by the Intelligence Bureau to the Indian government warned that terrorists were planning attacks on oil refineries located in coastal areas.


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