Indian Army planning to procure 8 Nos. of Landing Craft Assault

The Indian Army is planning to procure approximately eight numbers of Landing Craft Assault (LCA), and have issue a Request for information (RFI) for the same.

Noteworthy, the LCA are to be deployed for transportation of vehicle, material, random Boat Patrol and limited Search and Rescue in Sir Creek Area and Brahmputra river basin.

In addition, the Landing Craft Assault (LCA) system shall be designed to drive in/ out of water bodies without the need for any jetty.

It should be operable in water at minimal draughts, in unknown/ varying terrain conditions and also at high speeds.

Besides, it should be rugged and versatile, so as to facilitate seamless execution of operations such as patrolling, fast attack/interception, etc. across a varying matrix of terrain and operating conditions.

The LCA should be designed to ensure safety of the operator, reduction of operator fatigue whilst achieving the standards for rugged
military use.

Following are the important technical parameters as mentioned by the Indian Army in the RFI:-

The LCA shall comprise of the following sub systems:-

  • Overall length between 13 to 14 Metres.
  • Draught not more than 0.6 Metres.
  • Maximum speed of not less than 20 Knots at 85% MCR (or lower) at the slated environmental conditions.
  • Hull is to be constructed using class approved multiaxial Fabric with Viny/Ester/Epoxy resin meeting Fire standards of Class.
  • Carriage capacity of 35 personnel incl Crew along with personnel weapon and equipment (total payload 5255 Kg).
  • The boat shall be designed to be operational and manoeuvered safely and effectively at specified speed with full complement in specified sea conditions. The boat shall be very stable and resistant to capsize.
  • The boat shall offer good maneuverability and throttle response throughout its speed range and particularly when coming alongside or breaking away from an underway vessel at its full load complement.

Also, to be noted that the procurement of the boats will be as per DAP2020 and accordingly, interested vendors/shipyards are required to submit the details regarding Indigenous Content (IC).

The categorization for the procurement is intended to be under Buy (Indian).

The boat must meet the minimum IC parameters in accordance with Para 21 of Chapter I of DAP-2020 and amendements thereafter.

The interested vendor/Shipyard is also required to comment on the categorisation and IC content mentioned below as indicated in Para 21 of CH-I of DAP-2020:-

The last date of responding and acceptance of all documents is 28 Nov 2023.

Thereafter, the vendors/shipyards shortlisted for issue of RFP would be intimated.


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