Indian Navy launches fourth Scorpene class submarine

In a major boost for the underwater capability of the Indian Navy, INS Vela, a Scorpene class submarine, is set to be rolled out today Navy officials said that Secretary (Defence Production) will launch the submarine for further trials at Mazagon Dockyards Limited (MDL) on today. It is to be noted that INS Vela is the fourth of the six Scorpene submarine that has completed its out fittings at MDL.


Experts maintain that at least 24 submarines are required by Indian Navy to meet the 30 year submarine building plan, which was approved in 1999 by then Cabinet Committee on Security. It is to be noted that the plan was approved after Kargil war.


The Scorpene submarines are capable of undertaking different types of missions, including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance. These submarines are capable of operating in all theatres and they are equipped to ensure interoperability with other components of Navy.

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