IASCLUB PIB News Summary : 06 April 2019

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Launch of Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine – VELA

Vela, the fourth Scorpene class submarine being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched. MDL is one of the India’s leading shipyards with a capacity to meet requirements of the Indian Navy.

Scorpene class

  • The Scorpène-class submarines are a class of diesel-electric attack submarines. It features diesel propulsion and an additional air-independent propulsion.
  • Jointly developed by the French Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN) and the Spanish company Navantia, and now by Naval Group.
  • These submarines can undertake multifarious tasks typically undertaken by any modern submarine which include anti-surface as well as anti-submarine warfare.
  • In 2005, India chose the Scorpène design; purchasing six submarines. The first Scorpène submarine, named INS Kalvari, was undocked for the purpose of starting sea trials in April 2015 and will be delivered in September 2016.
  • 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
  • This will be done by transfer of technical data package to MDL through information system as well as on job training to MDL’s personnel on critical technologies.

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