Indian Navy introduced its first indigenously-designed and built torpedo and recovery vessel INS Astradharani. It was commissioned by Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Satish Soni in Visakhapatnam.
- It is a succeedor of INS Astravahini with technological advancements like power generation, distribution, navigation and communication systems.
- INS Astravahini was decommissioned in July, 2015.
Its distinctive design has been formulated by the collective attainment of three organisations.
- Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) of DRDO
- IIT Kharagpur
- Shoft Shipyard
- It will be used to carry out the technical trials of underwater weapons and systems like torpedoes and mines.
- Its unique feature is Catamaran Hull design i.e. it consists of two parallel hulls (twin hulled).
- It has a large deck area and can operate at high sea states.
- The ship has a complement of two officers, 27 sailors and 13 scientists.
|Type||Torpedo launch and recovery vessel|
|Length||50 m (160 ft.)|
|Speed||28 km/h (15 knots)|
This ship indicates the potential of Indian scientists and manufacturing facilities and becomes the part of “Make in India” campaign of Government.
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