Adding one more weapon systems into Indian Navy arsenal, Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) delivered India’s first indigenously design and developed heavy weight torpedo, Varunastra.
Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of DRDO, G. Satheesh Reddy, flagged off the first Varunastra, at a ceremony held at BDL, Visakhapatnam Unit yesterday.
First Production unit of Heavy Weight Torpedo,(HWT), Varunastra, being produced by BDL Vishakhaptnam for Indian Navy is flagged off on 21 Nov'20 . The HWT is designed by the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, DRDO.
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Varunastra weighs around 1,500 KG, it has a length of 7 to 8 meters and a standa diameter of 533 mm.
It is a heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo, developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Navy.
Currently the torpedoes can only be launched by warships of Indian Navy through a torpedo tubes. The Submarine launched variant of Varunastra is also in development and will be ready soon with minor modifications.
It is fully capable in neutralising targets in deep as well as in shallow waters. It has a range of 40 KM and can travel at a maximum speed of 40 knots (74 KM/hr).
Bharat Dynamics Limited in 2018 obtained a license to manufacture Varunastra from DRDO.
In 2019, Bharat Dynamics Limited gets a contract worth ₹1,187 crore (US$170 million) to supply these torpedoes to the Indian Navy by Ministry of Defence.
Indian Navy already using Shyena, first indigenously developed Advanced Light Torpedo (TAL).
Currently, German origin heavy weight torpedoes actively present in the service of Indian Navy, with the help of Varunastra, India will soon become self reliant in torpedoes.