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INS Vela, India’s 4th Stealth Scorpene-Class Submarine Inducted; Navy Gets More Teeth

The new ‘Vela’ is a potent man o’ war and is capable of offensive operations that span across the entire spectrum of maritime warfare.

INS Vela, India's 4th Stealth Scorpene-Class Submarine Inducted; Navy Gets More Teeth
INS Vela, India's 4th Stealth Scorpene-Class Submarine Inducted; Navy Gets More Teeth. (Photo:PTI)

New Delhi: The Indian Navy on Thursday commissioned INS Vela, its fourth stealth Scorpene class submarine under Project 75. INS Vela’s induction will further boost the Navy’s combat capability. Project 75 includes construction of six submarines of Scorpene design. Three of these submarines – Kalvari, Khanderi, Karanj – have already been commissioned.

The submarine has been built by Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in collaboration with M/s Naval Group of France.

The previous avatar of INS Vela was commissioned on August 31, 1973 and it rendered yeoman service to the nation for 37 eventful years before being decommissioned on June 25, 2010.

The new ‘Vela’ is a potent man o’ war and is capable of offensive operations that span across the entire spectrum of maritime warfare, the statement said. Induction of the submarine consolidates the Indian Navy’s position as a builder’s Navy significantly and adds sharpness and strength to its combat capability, it added.

On Sunday, Indian Navy’s stealth guided missile destroyer Visakhapatnam was commissioned in Mumbai. The indigenously-built warship is packed with an array of missiles and anti-submarine rockets.

All You Need To Know About INS Vela

Vela is named after a decommissioned submarine Vela, which served the Navy from 1973 to 2010. The earlier Vela belonged to Foxtrot class submarine of Soviet origin.  In 2005, India and France signed a $ 3.75 billion contract for building six Scorpene class submarines. As a result, the first of the six subs, INS Kalvari, was commissioned five years behind schedule, in 2017.

Vela is the fourth, and sea trials are ongoing for Vagir, while the sixth, Vagsheer, is under construction.

Carrying Capacity And Base

The submarine can take up to eight officers and 35 men and is equipped with C303 anti torpedo countermeasure system, and can carry up to 18 torpedoes or Exocet anti-ship missiles or 30 mines in place of torpedoes. Vela commissioned into the Indian Navy’s western command, and will be based in Mumbai.

Dimensions Of Vela And Its Engine Power

INS Vela has a length of 67.5 metres and height of 12.3 metres. The beam measures 6.2 metres. It can reach a top speed of 20 knots when submerged and a surface top speed of 11 knots.

The submarine has four MTU 12V 396 SE84 diesel engines and 360 battery cells for power, and has a silent Permanently Magnetised Propulsion Motor. The hull, fin and hydroplanes are designed for minimum underwater resistance and all equipment inside the pressure hull is mounted on shock-absorbing cradles for enhanced stealth.

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Vela is a diesel-electric powered attack submarine, designed to act as “sea denial” as well as “access denial” warfare to the adversary.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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