The Naval Lab at Vizag is hands on with a brand new innovation. After the successful deployment of heavyweight torpedo Varunastra and Mareech, an anti torpedo decoy system, the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) is now busy developing optic guided torpedos in both heavy and light variants.
“We are moving towards strategic domain taking up products for various advanced platforms, and the user confidence is high,” NSTL Director C.D. Malleswar said, while speaking to a leading newspaper daily.
The Naval Lab is on a continuous mission with major projects that enhance the capabilities of Indian Navy. While the submarine variant of Varunastra will be test fired in the next two months, the trials for the optic guided torpedos will start by the year end.
The NSTL has worked with BDL and BEL in a concurrent engineering mode. As soon as the Indian Navy placed the orders, 73 Varunastra and 33 Mareechs, costing about Rs. 2,000 crore will be delivered by the lab for deployment.
Besides torpedos, the NSTL has developed Panchendriya for submarines, and another system for helicopters. The integrated anti-submarine warfare complex ‘MOD 0’ has been inducted on six Rajput Class ships. The ASW complex ‘MOD C’ has been made for the corvettes of Kolkata, Kamorta and Kochi Class and these are also ready for inducting Varunastra and Mareech.
For its contribution, the NSTL has been conferred with the ‘Agni’ award in self-reliance for fire-control systems, Mr. Malleswar said. The lab now has avenues coming in the defence exports with special requests from countries like Vietnam and Myanmar.