De­fence Min­is­ter hands over Varunas­tra tor­pedo to In­dian Navy


The De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar handed over Varunas­tra – a ship-launched heavy­weight tor­pedo, also known as un­der­wa­ter mis­sile to the In­dian Navy in a be­fit­ting cer­e­mony in New Delhi on June 29, 2016. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion Manohar Par­rikar con­grat­u­lated the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) for the achieve­ment and ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts made in this re­gard. He asked the DRDO to en­sure its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­duc­tion process and to keep ad­e­quate qual­ity con­trol of their prod­ucts so that it can meet the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. The Min­is­ter also stated that in these high tech­nol­ogy ar­eas, DRDO’s con­tri­bu­tion with 95 per cent of in­dige­nous con­tent is an apt ex­am­ple of In­dige­nously De­signed De­vel­oped and Man­u­fac­tured (IDDM) cat­e­gory.

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, termed the oc­ca­sion as mo­men­tous and de­scribed it as yet an­other feather in the DRDO’s cap. He ap­plauded DRDO and Naval Sci­ence and Tech­no­log­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory (NSTL) for ren­der­ing yeomen ser­vice to the na­tion in achiev­ing self-re­liance in de­fence and un­der­wa­ter tech­nolo­gies. He said the Navy’s part­ner­ship with DRDO lab­o­ra­to­ries has strength­ened and ma­tured over the years. “The fact that three of the premier DRDO labs—NPOL, NMRL and NSTL—carry the pre­fix ‘Naval’ in their names high­lights the close re­la­tion­ship be­tween the In­dian Navy and the DRDO in our joint ef­forts,” Ad­mi­ral Lanba stated.

Sec­re­tary, DD R&D and DG DRDO Dr S. Christo­pher in his ad­dress de­scribed the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony of Varunas­tra as a proud mo­ment for the na­tion as In­dia has joined in the elite group of only a hand­ful of coun­tries. He com­mented that the de­vel­op­ment of sub­ma­rine launched heavy­weight tor­pedo is in ad­vanced stage for user tri­als. Dr. Christo­pher men­tioned that Varunas­tra, the ship-borne anti-sub­ma­rine tor­pedo has got the good­will of Navy as a user which has de­cided to pro­duce 73 of them, im­me­di­ately. He briefly men­tioned that last year Ma­reech ad­vance tor­pedo de­fence sys­tem, was handed over to In­dian Navy. He also high­lighted the DRDO de­vel­oped LCA Te­jas, the first squadron of which is be­ing raised by IAF on July 1, 2016. The AEW&C is also striding to­wards in­duc­tion into IAF this year. Re­cently, an­other mile­stone has been achieved by BrahMos, a joint ven­ture of DRDO which suc­cess­fully demon­strated cap­tive tri­als with Su-30 air­craft, he stated.

Varunas­tra has been de­vel­oped by NSTL, a premier DRDO lab­o­ra­tory based at Visakha­p­at­nam. The Bharat Dy­nam­ics Ltd has been as­so­ci­ated as a pro­duc­tion part­ner in con­cur­rent engi­neer­ing mode.

Varunas­tra, a ver­sa­tile naval weapon which can be fired from the Ra­jput class de­stroy­ers, Delhi class and all fu­ture anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare (ASW) ships ca­pa­ble of fir­ing heavy­weight tor­pe­does and is ca­pa­ble of tar­get­ing quiet and stealthy sub­marines both in deep and lit­toral wa­ters even in in­tense coun­ter­mea­sure at­mos­phere.

The func­tion was also at­tended by De­fence Sec­re­tary G. Mohan Ku­mar, Sec­re­tary (De­fence Pro­duc­tion) A.K. Gupta, Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sor to Rak­sha Mantri Dr G. Sa­teesh Reddy and se­nior func­tionar­ies of the Min­istry of De­fence, In­dian Navy, DRDO, Pro­duc­tion & In­dus­try part­ners.

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