LAUNCH OF FOURTH SCORPENE CLASS SUBMARINE – VELA
06, May 2019
Prelims level : Science & Technology - Defence Mains level : VELA - Scorpion Class
Why in news?
- Vela, the fourth Scorpene class submarine being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched. MDL is one of the India’s leading shipyards with a capacity to meet requirements of the Indian
- The Scorpène-class submarines are a class of diesel-electric attack submarines. It features diesel propulsion and an additional air-independent
- Jointly developed by the French Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN) and the Spanish company Navantia, and now by Naval Group
- These submarines can undertake multifarious tasks typically undertaken by any modern submarine which include anti-surface as well as anti-submarine
- In 2005, India chose the Scorpène design; purchasing six submarines. The first Scorpène submarine, named INS Kalvari, was undocked for the purpose of starting sea trials in April 2015 and will be delivered in September
- 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
- This will be done by transfer of technical data package to MDL through information
- system as well as on job training to MDL’s personnel on critical technologies.