Indian Navy & NSTL conducts successful testing of Advanced Light Torpedo from SeaKing 42B

It has been reported that the Indian Navy & Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) has undertaken a successful hover drop of indigenously-instrumented Advanced Light Torpedo (TAL) from a SeaKing 42B aircraft.

Developed by the NSTL and manufactured by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), the Advanced Light Torpedo successfully cleared its maiden flight trial with a parachute system.

This was India’s second such trial where the indigenous lightweight torpedo was fired this time from a rotary aircraft.

Noteworthy, the lightweight torpedo was designed, developed, produced and inducted into the Indian Navy almost a decade ago, and is used against underwater platforms as part of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).

To enhance the range of quick acquisition of the target, the Navy scheduled the launch of TAL from fixed-wing aircraft of the Navy, for precise attacks at desired locations.

Specifications of Advanced Light Torpedo (TAL)

Mass: 220 kg (490 lb)

Length: 2.75 m (9.0 ft)

Diameter: 324 mm (12.8 in)

Warhead: High explosive

Warhead weight: 50 kg (110 lb)

Engine: Electric

Operational Range: 19 km (10 nmi)

Maximum depth: 540 m (1,770 ft)

Maximum speed: 33 kn (61.1 km/h; 38.0 mph)

Guidance System: Acoustic homing (active/passive)

Launch Platform: Ships, submarines, helicopters and Ilyushin Il-38