The induction of Varunastra, an indigenously built anti-submarine torpedo, made India to join the club of eight countries having the capability to design and develop heavyweight torpedoes.
Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, the electric torpedo was formally handed over to the Navy in a move termed as a “game-changer” by the Naval chief.
Varunastra, weighing about 1.25 tonnes, can carry around 250 kg of explosives at a speed of 40 nautical miles an hour.
Indigenously developed up to 95 percent, the torpedo that would cost `10-12 crore per unit is capable of targeting quiet and stealthy submarines, both in deep and littoral water in intense counter-measure environments. The torpedo can be launched from Kolkata, Delhi, Teg, Talwar and Kamorta classes of ships.