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The prestigious heavy weight torpedo 'Vaarunastra' designed and developed by the Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL) here is set to undergo evaluation trials later this year.

It has already completed the technology trials and would be handed over to the Indian Navy for user evaluation trials (UET), according to V. Bhujanga Rao, Director-General - Naval Systems and Materials, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

He was speaking on the sidelines of the National Science Day celebrations organised at Andhra University Department of Physics here on Friday. He said it would take at least one year after the UET for it to go into production.

The 1,500 kg heavy weight torpedo would be manufactured at the Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) facility here. The BDL team was observing the development and assembly of the prototypes at the Talwar facility at the NSTL.

The concurrent engineering would help the BDL assimilate the technology faster and take it to production line after transfer of technology with little lead time, he explained.

The BDL facility was producing the light weight Tal torpedoes for the Indian Navy.

The Navy was evincing interest in the other prestigious project of the NSTL – underwater autonomous vehicle – and the NSTL would be able to go ahead with the project only after an official confirmation from the Navy.
(By: The Hindu)

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