Vela, fourth Scorpene-class submarine launched today

Vela, the fourth Scorpene class submarine equipped with modern machinery and technology to guard the seas was launched on Monday in Mumbai

The Scorpene class of submarines can undertake multifarious tasks typically undertaken by any modern submarine which includes anti-surface as well as anti-submarine warfare. The transfer of technology involves appropriate technical support by Naval Group to MDL in the field of construction, integration and tests of the submarines in India which is achieved through the transfer of technical data package to MDL through information system as well as on job training to MDL’s personnel on critical technologies.

Presently Eight Warships and five submarines are under construction at MDL. MDL is one of  India’s leading shipyards with a capacity to meet requirements of the Indian Navy.

Leveraging the experience and the transfer-of-technology of the Scorpene project, with enhanced and upgraded infrastructure, MDL, is ready for undertaking construction of the future submarines.

The submarine was towed to Mumbai Port Trust, for separation from the pontoon, after which she will undergo rigorous trials and tests, both in harbour and at sea before delivery to the Indian Navy.

Cmde Rakesh Anand, Chairman and Managing Director, MDL said on the occasion that with the launching of the P15 B Destroyer ‘Imphal’ on April 20 and the launching of Vela on May 6 were indeed some of the major events for MDL so far this year.