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In a significant milestone for India’s defense capabilities, Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has successfully delivered the final batch of Varunastra heavyweight torpedoes to the Indian Navy. The last torpedo was flagged off by Dr. Y Sreenivas Rao, Director General (Naval Systems & Materials) at BDL’s Visakhapatnam unit.

The Varunastra, named after the Hindu god of the oceans, is a heavyweight, electrically-propelled torpedo designed to eliminate submarines in both deep and shallow waters. Developed by the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) of the Indian Navy, this advanced weapon system boasts a high degree of indigenous content, exceeding 95%.

The Indian Ministry of Defence had awarded BDL a contract worth ?1,187 crore (US$170 million) in June 2019 for the mass production of Varunastra torpedoes. This successful completion of the project highlights the strong collaboration between the Indian Navy, NSTL, and BDL in developing and manufacturing critical defense equipment.