After this vessel there is going to be a good amount of gap before ICG gets another Fast Patrol Vessel in 300 ton category.
Past 1 year has been a debacle for ICG, training facilities stuck for absence of clearances, training ship stuck in Pipavav , Reliance getting the contract of 14 FPVs, Multirole rescue helicopter program getting again delayed and loss of Aloutte light helo airframes.
We already have more OPVs with full fledged aviation facilities than we have the chetaks. This deficiency severely limits the SAR, Observation and Interdiction capabilities of the ships. Something we shouldn't take lightly after 26/11.
Hopefully the ICG gets an exemption to directly import around 20-30 light helicopters capable of being stored in the hanger.