• The INS Vela stands to be the fourth Scorpene-class submarine in India
  • The submarine has been manufactured by MDL and has undergone two years of trial
  • The high-end submarine is capable of running in both diesel and engine

On Thursday, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh is scheduled to launch the INS Vela. The Scorpene-class submarine, which is the fourth of its kind in India, will be commissioned ahead of the reports presented by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) based on a two-year trial of the submarine. The latest commissioning is likely to contribute to India’s elite combat capacity.

The submarine Vela came into existence earlier in 2019 and runs on diesel and electricity. Earlier, the INS Karanj, which was launched in 2018, was commissioned in the year 2021. The INS Kalvari was manufactured in 2015 and commissioned in December 2017. The INS Khanderi came into existence in 2017 and was commissioned in 2019.

Ashish Singh, the public relations manager at MDL has stated, “The delivery of four submarines-Kalvari, Khanderi, Karanj and now Vela-reaffirmed India’s membership in the exclusive group of submarine building nations.” The Scorpene-class submarines have high-end capacities which allow them to traverse in areas of anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, etc.

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