Mumbai, Jan 12, 2017: India on Thursday unveiled INS Khanderi, the second Scorpene class submarine that has superior stealth and the ability to launch a crippling attack with torpedoes as well as tube-launched anti-ship missiles whilst underwater or on the surface at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.
The launch has initiated a trail of events, which will lead to the separation of the submarine from the pontoon on which it is being assembled and its final setting afloat, according to a report.
“I am confident that the day is not too far when MDL (Mazagon Dock Limited) will build submarines for other nations as well,” Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, who presided over the function, said.
The submarine was launched by the Union minister’s wife, Bina Bhamre. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba was also present on the occasion when the submarine was separated from the pontoon on which it was assembled.
A Defence official said that Khanderi is the second of the six submarines being built at MDL in collaboration with M/s DCNS of France, as part of Project 75 of Indian Navy. The first one, Kalvari, is completing sea trials and will be commissioned shortly into the Indian Navy.
The Indian Navy’s submarine arm will complete 50 years on December 8 this year.
The Submarine Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the birth of the submarine arm with induction of the first submarine, erstwhile INS Kalvari, into the Indian Navy on December 8, 1967, it said.
India joined the exclusive group of submarine constructing nations on February 7, 1992, with the commissioning of the first Indian-built submarine, INS Shalki.
The MDL built this submarine and went on to commission another submarine, INS Shankul, on May 28, 1994. These submarines are still in service today.
Khanderi is named after the Island fort of Maratha forces, which played a vital role in ensuring their supremacy at sea in the late 17th century. Khanderi is also the name for Tiger Shark, an MDL official said.