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DRDO ANNUAL REPORT 2016

    VARUNASTRA

carried out on INS Astradharini from NSTL          of procuring 73 Varunastra torpedoes along
launcher. Technical trials are in progress. Two    with associated systems and all required
homing systems were made ready and are             infrastructure. Combat torpedo demonstration
being evaluated in sea trials. Dynamic trials are  activity is in progress.
planned to evaluate all the sub-systems.
                                                   Mine Influence Ground Mine (MIGM)
'Varunastra' - Heavy Weight Ship Launched
Torpedo                                                DRDO is involved in the design and
                                                   development of MIGM capable of being
    ‘Varunastra’ is a ship launched anti-          triggered by multiple influences viz. acoustic,
submarine torpedo which features,                  magnetic, hydrodynamic pressure, electric
autonomous guidance algorithms, insensitive        fields and seismic vibration. Both exercise
munitions warhead and GPS based recovery           and combat versions have been developed,
aid for practice torpedo. After exhaustive User    capable of deployment from ships, submarine
trials, ‘Varunastra’ system was handed over        saddle and torpedo tube of submarine. MIGM
to the Indian Navy by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri        was deployed at UWR, Goa and trials were
in Jun 2016. Varunastra production has been        conducted during Oct 2015 - Mar 2016. The
cleared in Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)       mine fire logic for selective firing of ships/
in Nov 2016. Indian Navy is in the process         submarines was developed and demonstrated
                                                   to the trial team of Indian Navy in May 2016.

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