Mumbai: Indian Navy’s second Scorpene class submarine ‘Khanderi’ known for its superior stealth, was launched by Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre at Mazagon Dock Limited Shipyard on Thursday in Mumbai.
The submarine INS Khanderi will undergo rigorous test till December 2017 before it commissioned to Indian Navy. The state-of-the-art features of this Scorpene class submarine includes superior stealth and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons.
While addressing to MDL workers, Union Minsiter for Defence Subhash Bhamre said , ‘The day is not far off when India will build submarines for other nations’
The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres, including the tropics. All means and communications are provided to ensure interoperability with other components of a Naval Task Force.
It can undertake multifarious types of missions typically undertaken by any modern submarine i.e Anti-Surface warfare, Anti-Submarine warfare, Intelligence gathering, Mine Laying, Area Surveillance etc.
Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff said that the fact that Submarine ‘’Khanderi” compares with the best in the world, speaks highly of the experience and expertise our shipbuilders have gained over the years. He added that as Indian Navy celebrates Golden Jubilee of the submarine arm in 2017, the induction of Project 75 submarines would mark the beginning of a new chapter in our submarine capabilities.
Khanderi is named after an island fort of the Marathas which played a vital role in ensuring their supremacy at sea in the late 17th century.