Vela-class submarine

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Foxtrot-class submarine of the Indian Navy.jpg
A variant of the Foxtrot-class submarine of the Indian Navy
Class overview
Name: Vela class[1]
Builders: Sudomekh, Admiralty Shipyard
Operators:  Indian Navy
Preceded by: Kalvari class
Succeeded by: Sindhughosh class
In commission: 1973–2010[2]
Planned: 4
Completed: 4
Retired: 4
General characteristics
Type: Submarine
Displacement:
  • 1,952 t (1,921 long tons) surfaced
  • 2,475 t (2,436 long tons) submerged
Length: 91.3 m (299 ft 6 in)
Beam: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)
Draught: 6 m (19 ft 8 in)
Speed:
  • 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) surfaced
  • 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) submerged
Range:
  • 20,000 mi (32,000 km) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) surfaced
  • 380 mi (610 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) submerged
Test depth: 250 m (820 ft)
Complement: 75 (incl 8 officers)
Armament:
  • 10 533mm torpedo tubes with 22 SET-65E/SAET-60 torpedoes
  • 44 mines in lieu of torpedoes

Vela-class submarines of the Indian Navy were variants of the later Soviet Foxtrot-class submarines. The last of the class was decommissioned from the Indian Navy in December 2010.

INS Vagli is planned to be preserved as a museum in Tamil Nadu, though the process has been plagued with issues and is currently on hold.[3]

Ships of the class[edit]

Name Pennant Builder Commissioned Decommissioned Status
INS Vela S40 Sudomekh 31 August 1973 25 June 2010
INS Vagir S41 Sudomekh 3 November 1973 7 June 2001
INS Vagli S42 Sudomekh 10 August 1974 9 December 2010 To be preserved as a museum[4]
INS Vagsheer S43 Sudomekh 26 December 1974 30 April 1997

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-08-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Bharat-Rakshak.com :: NAVY - Kalvari Class (Foxtrot Class)
  3. ^ Jesudasan, Dennis S. (23 July 2017). "Decommissioned submarine languishes in Chennai". The Hindu. The Hindu Group.
  4. ^ "Sea Dredging Mooted to Take Sub to Mamallapuram Shores". The New Indian Express. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.

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