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Varunastra torpedo induction next year

Hi-Tech weapon: School students looking at the model of indigenously developed Varunastra torpedo on display at an exhibition by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

Hi-Tech weapon: School students looking at the model of indigenously developed Varunastra torpedo on display at an exhibition by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K. R. Deepak

Santosh Patnaik

Developed by NSTL, it is to be fired from submarine to hit enemy ships



Weighing 1,500 kg, it can hit a target within a range of 30 km

It is equipped with high-speed electric propulsion



VISAKHAPATNAM: After successful technical trials, Varunastra, the heavyweight torpedo indigenously developed by Visakhapatnam-based Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), will be inducted into the Indian Navy next year.

Extensive trials are on at present. After making the required alterations during user trials by the Navy, the commercial production will be taken up.

The first heavyweight torpedo, to be fired from submarines to hit enemy ships, is very powerful. It is also called a wire-guided torpedo, which explodes with clinical precision when it is released to destroy the target.

Sources in NSTL, a premier lab of Defence Research and Development Organisation, told The Hindu on Tuesday that the torpedo, carrying high-energy explosives weighing 200 kg, could hit a hostile target within a range of 30 km. It is estimated to have a weight of 1,500 kg.

The torpedo is equipped with a high-speed electric propulsion with powerful manoeuvring abilities and a low drift navigational system.

Lightweights

It has acoustic homing with wide look angle, autonomous guidance, durable recovery aids and lethal warheads.

At present, the lightweight torpedoes, also designed by NSTL, are under production by Bharat Dynamics Limited after successful user trials by Navy.

The sources said heavyweight torpedoes with thermal turbine, said to be futuristic torpedoes, would be designed and taken up for production in next phase. It will have propulsion with special fuel.

The thermal torpedoes will have more speed than other torpedoes. Designing stealth technology to avoid ships and submarines from enemy detection and futuristic underwater weapons,mines and submersibles are part of NSTL’s action programme. Submersibles will be useful for both military and civilian applications.



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