Mazagaon Docks delivered INS Vela submarine to Indian Navy

MUMBAI: Mazagaon Docks Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), a government public sector undertaking today delivered the INS Vela, the fourth submarine of Project 75 to the Indian Navy.

Project 75 includes the construction of six Scorpene submarines under the joint collaboration of Naval Group (formerly DCNS), France and Mazagaon Docks Shipbuilders Limited, India.

Courtesy: PIB

The submarine is christened as ‘Vela’ was launched on 06 May 2019 and has completed all major sea trials including the weapon and the sensor trials despite Covid restrictions in the country. Three of these submarines were already commissioned by the Indian Navy.  

Its lead ship INS Kalvari was launched in October 2015 and got commissioned in December 2017, five years behind the schedule. INS Khanderi and INS Karanj were commissioned in September 2019 and March 2021 respectively. INS Vagir, the fifth submarine of the Kalvari Class is undergoing the sea trials and will soon join the Indian Navy.

The Kalvari Class submarines come with stealth features such as Low Noise levels and it has the ability to launch Exocet Anti-ship missiles and Varunastra Torpedoes. 

Submarine construction is an intricate activity as the difficulty is compounded when all equipment is required to be miniaturised and are subject to stringent quality requirements.

Construction of these submarines in an Indian yard is yet another step towards ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat. The submarine would soon be commissioned into the Indian Navy and enhance the Navy’s capability’ said Indian Navy in a statement.

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