The Indian Navy launched fourth Stealth Scorpene-class submarine ‘INS Vela’ at state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. This is the fourth submarine that was launched by MDL after it entered into a contract with French collaborator Ms. Naval Group (earlier known as DCNS) for construction and transfer of technology for six Scorpene-class submarines under Project 75.
1. It is equipped with modern machinery and technology to guard seas but will undergo several tests by the Indian Navy before getting commissioned in defense fleet.
2. It can undertake missions such as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, area surveillance, intelligence gathering, mine laying, etc. and his the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using the precision-guided weapon.
3. It has superior stealth which gives it invulnerability and makes more difficult for the enemy to detect it.
4. It is a diesel-electric attack submarine of Kalvari-class.
5. It can attack using torpedoes and tube launch anti-ship missiles, whilst on surface or underwater.
It is named ‘Vela’ after erstwhile ‘INS Vela’ (second batch of Foxtrot class submarines taken by India from erstwhile USSR) which was first commissioned in Indian Naval service on 31 August 1973 and continued in service for 37 years. It was India’s oldest submarine when it was decommissioned on 25 June 2010.