The second Scorpene-class submarine, INS Khanderi, which was launched earlier this year, has been made ready for surface sea trails.
The development was announced by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley who wrote a congratulatory tweet to the engineers of Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), where it was built, for their sincere efforts in getting it ready for surface sea trials.
Jaitley further said that the commissioning of Scorpene-class submarines will significantly enhance India's naval prowess and strengthen the country’s defence, making our ocean safe & secure.
The first Indian Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari has already undergone various trials and is expected to be commissioned into the Indian Navy later this year. Overall, six Scorpene-class submarines are being built under 'Project 75' of Indian Navy.
The submarines, all designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
About INS Khanderi
• It is the second of the six submarines being built as part of 'Project 75' of Indian Navy.
• The diesel-electric attack submarine is named after the fort of Maratha forces that played a vital role in ensuring their supremacy at sea in the late 17th century.
• The submarine was launched in the presence of Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and other dignitaries on 12 January 2017.
• Its features include superior stealth and capability of launching a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons.
• It can undertake diverse types of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, mine laying, intelligence gathering and area surveillance among others.
• It also carries the ability to launch attacks with torpedoes and tube-launched anti-ship missiles, while being on the surface or underwater.
• The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres, including the tropics.