India Navy’s Varunastra Torpedo successfully hits underwater target

Indigenously designed and developed heavy weight torpedo (HWT) Varunastra torpedo was  successfully test-fired on June 6,2023 with a live warhead against an undersea target, by the Indian Navy.

The Indian Navy recently released an eight-second long video released by the Indian Navy which showed Varunastra torpedo hitting a target.

As soon as the torpedo hits the target, there is a huge blast and the pontoon is obliterated and the shockwaves of the blast force the seawater to rise.  

The induction of Varunastra has begun after extensive trials and will become the mainstay of anti-submarine torpedo for all naval warships.

It will replace the older torpedoes on all naval ships that can fire HWT.

 is an advanced state-of-the-art, ship launched heavy weight, anti-submarine Torpedo capable of targeting submarines operating in shallow / deep waters.

About Varunastra Torpedo

The Varunastra is an Indian advanced heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo, developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Navy, and manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).

The unit cost of the torpedo is expected to be in the range of Rs 10-12 Crores ($1.3 – $1.5 Million)

Key Specifications:

•    Length                          :       7.780 m

•    Diameter                       :       533.4 mm

•    Speed                            :       27 & 40 knots

•    Operating depth            :       8 to 600 m

•    Propulsion                    :       contrarotating propellers

•    Weight of the torpedo    :     1605 ± 10 kgs (exercise version)

:       1850 ± 10 kgs (combat version)

•    Long range with multi maneuvering capabilities.

•    Acoustic homing with wide look angle capable of tracking silent targets.

•    ACCM features and multiple signal tracking system.

•    Autonomous advanced guidance algorithms.

•    Low drift navigational systems over long endurance.

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