After the commissioning of Vishakapatnam in the fleet of Indian Navy last week. It is the fourth submarine Vela will commission by Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh at the naval dockyard today. In 2005, India and France signed a contract for $3.75 billion for building six Scorpene-class submarines.
Further, Vela belonged to the Foxtrot class submarine of Soviet origin. The name of the submarine after the decommissioned submarine Vela which served the Navy from 1973 to 2010.
About fourth Scorpene class submarine of Indian Navy
It is also very powerful and would become a real precious asset for the Indian Navy. The executing company for building six Scorpene-class submarines was Mazgaon Docks Ltd. Further it was on the Indian side. The DCNS is on the French side. Now the executing company is also called Naval Group.
According to the Naval sources, the carrying capacity of the submarine is that it can take up to eight officers and 35 men. Moreover, It has equipped with a C303 anti-torpedo countermeasure system. It can also carry up to 18 torpedoes or Exocet anti-ship missiles or 30 mines in place of torpedoes.
Vela is a diesel-electric powered attack submarine. The Submarine has a length of 67.5 metres and a height of 12.3 metres. The beam measures 6.2 metres. It can reach a top speed of 20 knots when submerged and a surface top speed of 11 knots.
On Thursday, during the commissioning event, Chief Admiral Karambir Singh stated that “INS Vela can undertake an entire spectrum of submarine operations”. “Given today’s dynamic and complex security situation, its capability and firepower will play a crucial role in enhancing the navy’s ability to protect India’s maritime interests.”