DELIVERY OF 4th SCORPENE SUBMARINE ‘VELA’ TO INDIAN NAVY
On 9th of November,2021 the fourth submarine of the Project-75, yard 11878 was delivered to the Indian Navy. Talking about the Project-75, it includes the construction of a total of six submarines of Scorpene design.
The submarines are under construction at the Mazagaon Dock Ship Builders Limited (MDL) located at Mumbai. The construction is taking place under collaboration with M/s naval group, France.
The submarine “VELA” was launched on 6th of May, 2019. It has completed all the major trials both at sea and harbour. The trials also include weapon and sensor trials, under the covid-19 restrictions.
Three out of these six submarines are already commissioned in the Indian navy. The construction of a submarine is a convoluted task as the difficulty is exacerbated when all the equipment’s required to be abridged and are subject to stringent quality requirements.
The construction of these submarines at an Indian yard adds to the initiative of aatma nirbhar Bharat. The submarine is to be commissioned in Indian navy as INS VELA and would surely intensify the capabilities of the Indian navy.
ABOUT SCORPENE SUBMARINES
The Scorpène-class submarines are a class of diesel-electric attack submarines jointly developed by the French Naval Group (formerly the Direction des Constructions Navales) and the Spanish company Navantia. It features diesel propulsion and an additional air-independent propulsion (AIP). It is now marketed as the Scorpène 2000.
The Scorpène class of submarines has three subtypes: the CM-2000 conventional diesel-electric version, the AM-2000 air-independent propulsion (AIP) derivative, the downsized CA-2000 coastal submarine, and the enlarged S-BR for the Brazilian Navy, without AIP.