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In a recent interview with Bharat Shakti Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, Commodore A. Madhavarao (Retd.), Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), offered exciting insights into the company’s future endeavours. A key area of focus is the development of the next-generation Electrical Heavy Weight Torpedo initially called Takshak, a significant leap forward from the current Varunastra HWT (Heavy Weight Torpedo).

The Takshak torpedo represents a significant leap forward from the existing Varunastra HWT (Heavy Weight Torpedo). The Varunastra, a testament to India’s indigenous defence capabilities, has served as the mainstay of India’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) efforts. The Takshak builds upon this success, offering enhanced features and capabilities.

The Takshak is a fiber-optic wire-guided torpedo, boasting a diameter of 533mm and a length of 6.4 meters. Designed for launch from submarines, it incorporates a cutting-edge Ring Laser Gyro Inertial Navigation System (RLG INS) for precise guidance. Additionally, the Takshak leverages GPS-based guidance for an extra layer of navigational accuracy.

A key improvement of the Takshak is its extended operational range. While specifics remain undisclosed, Commodore Madhavarao confirmed that the Takshak surpasses the current-generation Varunastra’s 50km range. This expanded reach empowers the Indian Navy to detect and eliminate underwater threats over a greater distance.

Commodore Madhavarao also revealed that the Takshak’s development is complete and sea trials from a frontline warship are imminent. Successful trials will pave the way for the Takshak’s official induction into the Indian Navy’s arsenal, bolstering India’s sub-surface defence capabilities.

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