The Indian Navy will soon get an Anti-Torpedo Defense System. The torpedo system that will be procured is made by Thrikkakara-based Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL).
The decision was taken during the Defense Acquisition Council meeting which was led by Defence Minister Nirmala Seetharaman. Nearly 30 warships will be equipped with the system. Adding to that, 11 warships will be equipped with the full system, named Maareech Advanced Torpedo Decoy System. Two such systems are already installed in INS Ganga and INS Gomati.
“The survival capability of a ship is greater if the attacking torpedo can be detected early and also at a range equal to or more than the escape range of the platform under attack. A fully integrated Maareech system has both torpedo detection and countermeasure capability,’’ said R. Rajesh, NPOL scientist and spokesperson.
In the changing dynamics of naval warfare, the warships are very vulnerable to torpedo attacks, so in order to safeguard precious assets, such systems are important.