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Vela: India's Scorpene class submarine with anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capability

The Scorpene class submarine Vela, the fourth of six underwater warships being built in India with French collaboration, was launched in Mumbai on Monday with an aim to boost Indian capability to defend and secure the strategic sea lanes.

The Vela submarine will undergo a number of tests conducted by the Navy before it is commissioned in the defence fleet.

Submarine was towed to Mumbai Port Trust

The submarine was towed to Mumbai Port Trust, for separation from the pontoon. The Scorpene class submarine will undergo rigorous trials and tests, both at the harbour and at sea before delivery to the Indian Navy.

The contract for the construction and transfer-of-technology for six Scorpene class submarines has Ms Naval Group (formerly DCNS) of France as "collaborator".


VELA: Scorpene class submarine

Vela, the fourth Scorpene class submarine constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched on Monday.

Admiral AK Saxena present during the launching ceremony.

The event reaffirmed the steps taken by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) in the ongoing ‘Make In India’ programme, which is being actively implemented by the Department of Defence Production (MoD).


Scorpene project with upgraded infrastructure, MDL

It is the fourth submarine to be launched by the state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) after entering into a contract for the construction and transfer of technology for six Scorpene class submarines with French collaborator Ms Naval Group.


Eight Warships and five submarines under construction

Commodore Rakesh Anand, chairman and managing director, MDL said on the occasion that with the launching of the P15 B Destroyer ‘Imphal’ last month and the launching of Vela were some of the major events for MDL so far this year. 

Presently eight warships and five submarines are under construction at MDL.

MDL is one of India’s leading shipyards with a capacity to meet requirements of the Indian Navy.


Vela can undertake anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare

The Scorpene class of submarines can undertake multifarious tasks typically undertaken by any modern submarine which include anti-surface as well as anti-submarine warfare.

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 which is achieved through transfer of technical data package to MDL through information system as well as on the job training to MDL’s personnel on critical technologies.