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Indian Navy launches fourth stealth Scorpene-class submarine INS Vela.

| 2019

On May 06, Indian state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) launched its fourth Scorpene-class submarine, the INS Vela, for the Indian Navy. This is the fourth of six submarines to be constructed under a transfer of technology from French collaborator Naval Group (formerly known as DCNS).

Indian Navy launches fourth stealth Scorpene class submarine INS Vela An Indian Scorpene-class submarine (Picture Source: Naval Group)

This fourth Scorpene-class submarine (Project 75) has been officially launched by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai. Though, it still has to undergo a series of tests by the Indian Navy before it gets commissioned in the Indian fleet.

It is the fourth submarine to be launched by the state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) after entering into a contract for the construction and transfer of technology for six Scorpene-class submarines with French collaborator Naval Group (formerly known as DCNS).

"Today, we are bringing the new Vela with modern machinery and technology to guard the seas," an official from MDL said. He then added that the fifth Scorpene-class submarine will also be launched soon.

As a reminder, the state-of-the-art technology utilised for construction of the Scorpene-class submarines has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimized shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision-guided weapons. The attack can be launched with both torpedoes and tube launched anti-ship missiles, whilst underwater or on the surface. The stealth of this potent platform is enhanced by the special attention given to various signatures. These stealth features give it an invulnerability, unmatched by most submarines.

Scorpene submarines can undertake multifarious types of missions i.e Anti-Surface warfare, Anti-Submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, area surveillance etc. The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres, with means provided to ensure interoperability with other components of a Naval Task Force. It is a potent platform, marking a generational shift in submarine operations.

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