The Indian Navy, in collaboration with a public sector company, is undertaking a project to develop and manufacture a locally-built manned submersible. This swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV) will serve the elite MARCOS (Marine Commandos), providing discreet transportation for vital special operations missions along with their equipment.
The program's ambition is to procure at least a dozen advanced submersibles, offering a significant advantage in covert underwater operations. Notably, these SDVs will be armed with a single indigenous lightweight torpedo, enhancing their offensive capabilities.
Designed for launch from both warships and specially modified submarines equipped with dry deck shelters, the manned submersibles promise unprecedented flexibility and operational reach for the MARCOS. Although program details remain classified, sources close to the project, as reported by idrw.org, have indicated that basic testing is anticipated to commence within the next 12-18 months.
Enabling the silent and discreet deployment of MARCOS through these submersibles will undoubtedly augment the Navy's capacity to conduct a broader spectrum of special operations, including reconnaissance, sabotage, and hostage rescue. The successful completion of this project is poised to be a transformative milestone for the Indian Navy, solidifying its standing as a leading naval force in the region.