India’s second Scorpene class submarine INS Khanderi launched
In a major boost to Indain Navy, INS Khanderi, the second of the indigenously-built Kalvari Class submarine was launched at the Mazagaon Docks Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai on Thursday morning.
Union Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Subhash Bhamre along with Naval chief, Admiral Sunil Lanba presided over the function and commenced the launch of Khanderi on Thursday in Mumbai. The submarine will undergo rigorous trials till December, both in the harbour and at sea, on the surface and underwater. After the trials, she will be commissioned into the Indian Navy as INS Khanderi.
Khanderi is among six submarines being built at Mazagon docks in collaboration with a French company, DCNS. The first one, Kalvari, is completing sea trials and will be commissioned shortly into the Indian Navy, a defence official said.
Key facts about INS Khanderi:
- The submarine gets its name ‘Khanderi’ after the Island fort of Maratha forces, which played an important role in ensuring their supremacy at sea in late 17th century.
- Khanderi will undergo rigorous tests and trials till December, 2017 and then will be commissioned into the Indian Navy as INS Khanderi.
- Khanderi is the first submarine of the class (Kalvari) that is completing its sea trials this December.
- The first Scorpène submarine, named INS Kalvari, was undocked for the purpose of starting sea trials in April 2015 and will be delivered in September 2016
- The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres. All means and communications are provided to ensure interoperability with other components of a Naval Task Force.
- Khanderi is built as per principle of Modular Construction. This involves dividing the submarine into a number of sections and outfitting them concurrently.
- This Scorpene-class submarine has superior stealth and can use guided weapons- torpedoes and tube-launched anti-ship missiles whilst underwater or on surface. It can undertake multifarious types of missions typically undertaken by any modern submarine.