Indian Navy to get heavyweight torpedo 'Varunastra' which will be manufactured at BDL Visakhapatnam unit, in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
It came after Indian Navy and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) have signed a contract recently worth Rs. 1187.82 crore for supply of heavyweight torpedo Varunastra.
Varunastra is actually a ship-launched, electrically-propelled underwater weapon equipped with one of the most advanced automatic and remote-controlled guidance systems.
The weapon system uses its own intelligence in tracing the target. It can hit stealth submarines underwater.
Varunastra is seven to eight meters long, weighs 1,500 kg and has a diameter of 533 mm.
The anti-submarine electric torpedo when fired can travel at 40 knots or 74 kmph. The operational range is 40 km and it can carry a warhead weighing 250 kg.
The weapon has been jointly developed by the Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NTSL), Visakhapatnam and the Bharat Dynamics Limited -BDL (Hyderabad).