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    Anonymous

    the vessel in the 2nd pic doesn't seem to be indian…????

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    Anonymous

    I don't know about the user trials, but I have not seen a single TAL or Varunastra torpedo do a full run in test firings..

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    Prasun K. Sengupta

    These two visuals appear to be those of the Finmeccanica-built A244L Whitehead, judging by the type of B717 triple-torpedo tube launcher shown. The Varunastra is 7.6 metres long, weighs 1,500kg and has a range of up to 30km. Almost a decade ago there was a CAG report detailing the DRDO's R & D woes regarding the TAL. Brochures of both the Varunastra and TAL were available from the DRDO during DEFEXPO 2008.

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  4. 4

    Mr. Ra

    Karachi needs them today.

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    Shiv Aroor

    Both images from a DRDO brochure that captions them as TAL and Varunastra. Will post that shortly.

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    Shiv Aroor

    Have uploaded the brochure. Lots of interesting stuff:

    http://scr.bi/kdt9Pi

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    Anonymous

    The second picture looks like a torpedo launched from a Swedish misselboat Spica II class.(Now retired)

    http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:HMS_V%C3%A4stervik_T136-T136.JPG

    The where also exported to Denmark and Malyaisa (Handalan-class).

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    Prasun K. Sengupta

    To Anon@12.34AM: You're spot on. The Oerlikon turret on the Spica-Ms is quite distinctive. But the DRDO and defence PSUs are well-known for using such photos. The
    brochure of HAL's Kowra Division (producing avionics), for instance, shows the cockpit of the JAS-39C Gripen on its front page.

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    Prasun K. Sengupta

    And the low-frequency dunking sonar (Mihir?) shown on page 5 of the DRDO brochure is in fact THALES' FLASH dipping sonar (http://www.thalesgroup.com/Portfolio/Defence/naval_product_flash/?pid=9177)

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    Anonymous

    anonymous@12.34
    it doesnt look like spica class since the guns are closer to the bow here than the spica class. The camouflage appears like those of the swedish though.

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  11. 12

    Anonymous

    @prasun
    you caught it. That was indeed a bulls eye.

    if they donot want to release the pictures that is fine…why are they stealing some one elses pics.

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    Anonymous

    It kan also be the Stockholmlasscorvette who is an upscalde Spica II.

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  13. 14

    Anonymous

    ummm….so for how long has these two been UNDER DEVOLOPMENT..and when r these two going to get inducted…would be appricited if answered by some one

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    Anonymous

    This proves that we are not detail oriented. Our PR skills are FUBAR. This whole "chalta hai" attitude that has infected our culture is extremely difficult to get rid of. We spend so much time and money in developing a product but when it comes to making a brochure we cut corners. The problems is that we do not even think twice before taking a picture from something else and presenting it as our own (or not clearly stating that this is borrowed stuff). This means that either we do not know that such actions are unethical (probably illegal also) or we just do not give a shit. Either way, the fault lies with DRDO. I think they are in a serious need for training, and if they still cannot get it right, some clown should lose their job over it. In order to be world class, we must become world class in every-way. I know Cut and Paste functions are bit too easy to ignore, but easy way is not always the correct way. Mistakes do happen, but here the same mistake has been repeated over and over again. This is just wrong.

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    joydeep ghosh

    @prasun

    good to see that you have have correctly pointed out mistakes in the blog.

    By the way are you aware of the 'Kawach' rockets of the Indian Navy, any news on that.

    The question is same to Shiv Aroor

    Regards

    Joydeep Ghosh

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    Anonymous

    There is a video on youtube "DRDO video presented by Dr.Y.Srinivasa Rao" shows Varunastra fired from INS Ranvijay (D55), a rajput class destroyer

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