Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Naval Science and Technological Laboratory in Visakhapatnam will shortly place the nation in the elite group of countries that design and develop torpedoes with thermal technology.

Revealing this to the press here on Tuesday, A. Sivathanu Pillai, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited, said NSTL had already successfully designed heavy and lightweight electrically propelled torpedoes that are under production and now it has made a breakthrough in indigenously designing torpedoes with thermal propulsion system.

Faster and sleeker

He said: "Right at this moment I can say that these torpedoes will be faster, sleeker and stealthier. The torpedoes not only come under the guided category but also will have a longer range than the conventional ones. Once inducted they will add more punch to the naval firepower, as they can be used both from ships and submarines." Updating on BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, he said both the versions anti ship and land target missiles are on the induction stage both by the Navy and the Army.