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Indian Navy to receive Indigenous Light Torpedo SHYENA
By SP's Special Correspondent

  TAL model at Aero India 2011
  TAL model at Aero India 2011
March 02, 2012: On March 3, the Indian Navy will finally receive its first Advanced Light Torpedoes (TAL) Shyena, developed indigenously by DRDO's Naval Science & Technology Laboratory (NSTL). The weapon, deployable from a helicopter or from a triple-tube launcher on surface vessels, has been designed as a light-weight anti-submarine system. The TAL has taken its time in development, but will now be part of the Navy's frontline weapon arsenal.

The Navy, impressed with its performance and its 95 per cent indigenous component, has ordered 25 units, but is likely to sign up for more soon. Defence Minister A.K. Antony will hand over the first consignment of TAL to the Navy in Hyderabad in March 3. According to its makers, the TAL is an "electrically propelled, self- homing torpedo which can hunt submarines with a speed of 33 knots with endurance of six minutes in shallow and deep waters. The torpedo weighs around 220 kgs." The TAL is built to operate at depths of a few hundred meters and designed to "home in on targets by passive/active homing and explodes on impact to destroy/damage the target submarine". Once deployed, the TAL is built to perform pre-programmed search patterns for available targets.

The TAL, developed under the Advanced Experimental Torpedo (TAE) programme, underwent technical trials between 1994-1998 and user trials from 1998-2000. User evaluation tests with designed and engineered models of the TAL took place in 2003-2005, following which the Navy was convinced of the system's capabilities and ordered 25 units. The TAL is currently being manufactured by Bharat Dynamics at its Visakhapatnam unit. The more ambitious Varunastra heavyweight torpedo is still in development and is likely to take a few more years before being declared operational.

 
 
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