In a major boost, Indian Navy launches stealth Scorpene class submarine
NEW DELHI - Indian Navy's fourth stealth Scorpene class Submarine Vela was on Monday launched for trials at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.
The launch of the submarine is a major boost for the underwater capability of the Indian Navy, Zee News has reported. link [image: View image on Twitter] link: View image on Twitter] link
Indian Navy’s fourth stealth Scorpene class Submarine Vela of Project 75 has been launched today at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.
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Vela is the fourth of the six Scorpene submarine that has completed the out fittings at MDL.
*Key points to note:*
- A contract between French DCNS, and Mazgaon Dock Limited under Indian Navy's Project-75 was signed in 2005 for the supply of six submarines.
- The remaining two submarines in the country's Scorpene Submarine programme are Vagir and Vagsheer, both of which are currently in the advanced stages of manufacturing at MDL.
- The first Scorpene class submarine INS Kalvari was commissioned into the Indian Navy, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14 December 2017. The second Scorpene class submarine Khanderi was launched in January 2017 while the third INS Karanj was launched on 31 January 2018.
- INS Khanderi and INS Karanj are in the advanced stages to join the Navy fleet.