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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

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India’s state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, has completed the design of a diesel-electric midget submarine and has started work on the prototype of the midget submarine. A Midget submarine team is headed by Zaid Ryaz.

While MDL is tightlipped about its specifications and displacement, Indian private-sector company Larsen & Toubro Defence (L&T Defence) also had come up with a design for a midget submarine called the SOV400. The diesel-electric midget submarine designed and developed by L&T Defence was 44m long and has a displacement of less than 490t.

Indian Navy is looking to procure 2 Midget Submarine that later might lead to the procurement of 4 more for deployment and recovery of special forces and Coastal monitoring. Earlier this year, MDL had also called for collaboration in the Design, Development, and Construction of Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) that could carry two lightweight torpedoes for coastal surveillance.

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