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Larsen & Toubro (L&T), a leading Indian private sector conglomerate, showcased its indigenously developed SOV-400 Unmanned Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to the Defence Secretary. The SOV-400 falls at the larger end of the “midget submarine” category with a displacement of 400 tons.

The SOV-400 appears to be specifically designed for special forces missions. It has the capacity to carry 10 special forces operators and integrate two four-person Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) on its lower hull. These SDVs extend the range and endurance of underwater missions for combat swimmers.

For instance, during a cross-beach infiltration, a team of 4-6 personnel could be inserted using the SDVs, while two others act as drivers. An additional two special forces personnel would remain on board the SOV-400 to coordinate and support the mission.

While the SOV-400 boasts promising capabilities, the Indian Navy has not yet shown significant interest in the program. Notably, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), a public sector shipyard, is also developing its own midget submarine specifically for the Indian Navy’s Marcos special forces unit.

It remains to be seen whether the SOV-400 will find a place in India’s defense strategy or attract interest from potential export customers.

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