New Delhi: – Indigenously developed torpedo, Varunastra, was inducted in the Indian naval fleet on Saturday. The strike range of the torpedo is 40 kilometres and has the capability of carrying out an attack at 70 kilometres per hour. This will augment the strength of the Indian Navy.
This torpedo has been developed by the Naval Science and Technology Laboratory, at Vishakhapatnam, of the defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). At the same time, Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has started manufacturing the torpedoes. Varunastra is an anti-submarine torpedo and can carry 250 kilograms of explosives. This torpedo can target submarines in shallow as well as deep waters. The GPS system deployed makes it easily possible for the torpedo to hit the target with precision.
The first Varunastra was handed over to the Indian Navy, in the presence of the DRDO chief Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, on Saturday. This function was held in Vishakhapatnam. The Indian Navy has placed an order for 63 Varunastra torpedoes. An agreement worth Rs 11.87 billion has been signed between the Indian Navy and BDL.
As per reports, India will be supplying Varunastra to its allies. In the last few years, India has taken some important decisions to strengthen its Navy. These include building destroyers and submarines, along with the development of torpedoes to target submarines. The Chinese Navy has a large number of submarines and the movements of the Chinese submarines in the Indian marine region pose a challenge to Indian security.
Against this background, indications are that the development of Varunastra, capable of targeting submarines and supplying the torpedo to its allies, is a part of the Indian military policy.