India launches fourth Scorpène-class attack submarine

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The fourth Scorpène-class diesel-electric attack submarine, INS Vela, of the Indian Navy was launched to sea on May 6. The submarine was constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL).

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“The contract for the construction and transfer-of-technology for six Scorpene class submarines in series, has M/s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) of France as ‘Collaborator’ and are being built by MDL,” th Indian Navy said.

According to Indian Navy, 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 job training to MDL’s personnel on critical technologies,” it added.