The Indian Navy on 6 October 2015 commissioned the first indigenously-designed and built torpedo launch and recovery vessel INS Astradharani at the Naval Base in Visakhapatnam. This 50-metre twin-hulled warship is also the first to be built at a private yard with armament fixtures.
The ship was collaboratively designed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) of DRDO, Shoft Shipyard and IIT Kharagpur. The design of the ship was tested at the facilities at the NSTL. It is an advanced replacement for INS Astravahini which was decommissioned on 17 July 2015.
After commissioning, the ship entered the Eastern Fleet.
About INS Astradharini
• INS Astradharani will be used to carry out the technical trials of underwater weapons and systems developed by NSTL.
• The ship has a complement of two officers and 27 sailors and can carry 13 scientists.
• The catamaran hull configuration in the ship significantly reduces its power requirement.
• With a length of 50 m, the vessel can undertake multiple trials during a single sortie and is fully equipped with all modern amenities that warships have.
The induction of INS Astradharani adds thrust to the Nation’s ongoing endeavours towards indigenisation and achieving the nation’s goal of self reliance in underwater weapons development.
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