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India’s Naval Station Karanja houses a vital unit – INS Tunir. Established with a humble beginning, managing just two missiles – the P-15 and RZ-61 – INS Tunir has evolved into a powerhouse, servicing a diverse arsenal of over 12 missile types.

INS Tunir’s inventory boasts a remarkable range, encompassing missiles from the 1980s like the P-Series to the modern-day Kashmir SAM and beyond. To adapt to ever-evolving ordnance storage and handling regulations set by the Storage and Transport of Explosive Committee (STEC), the unit has undergone significant infrastructural upgrades. This proactive approach ensures INS Tunir’s readiness for the planned induction of advanced missiles like BrahMos, LRASHM, MRSAM, and more.

While contemporary missiles boast lifespans of 12-20 years, the trusty P-Series missiles, inducted in the 1980s, remain a formidable force. Despite limited access to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) support for spares, services, and documentation, the ingenious personnel at INS Tunir have embraced innovation and indigenization.

A prime example is their groundbreaking conversion of the subsonic P-21 missile into a supersonic variant – a feat unmatched globally. This successful in-house modification, culminating in the supersonic firing of the P-21 missile by INS Vipul in 2014, earned INS Tunir the prestigious ‘Innovation Trophy’.

INS Tunir’s commitment to self-reliance extends beyond the P-21 conversion. They actively implement modern repair techniques and undertake successful technical indigenization projects, aligning perfectly with the Government’s initiatives like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (Self-Reliant India).

INS Tunir’s blend of legacy management, innovation, and adaptation ensures its continued excellence in supporting the Indian Navy’s evolving missile arsenal. As they integrate next-generation missiles, INS Tunir is poised to play a pivotal role in safeguarding India’s maritime security for years to come.