India’s second Scorpene-class assault submarine – INS Khanderi – will be commissioned in the Navy at Mumbai, Maharashtra on 28 September. The function will also be attended by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
The submarine is constructed by Mazagan Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.
According to reports, seven stealth frigates will also be launched in Mumbai when INS Khanderi is commissioned.
INS Khanderi named after:
The submarine inherits its name from INS Khanderi (S22) which served in the Navy from 1968-89 and was named after Maratha king Shivaji’s island fort of Khanderi.
Here you need to know about Submarine:
- Khanderi was launched in January 2017. Since then it was an undersea trial.
- The stealth submarine was named after its predecessor INS Khanderi (S22), a “Foxtrot” class submarine, which was decommissioned in 1989. It was named after Chhatrapati Shivaji’s island fort at Khanderi.
- Scorpene-class submarines are diesel-electric attack submarines jointly built by DCNS France. It has the facility of diesel propulsion.
- The project started in 2005 when the Navy signed an Rs 18,798 crore contract with MDL.
- According to the Indian Navy, the submarine, along with its other variants, will build its traditional submarine arm corps.
- It was built by MDL in collaboration with French naval defense and energy company DCNS under Project 75. The INS Kalvari commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017 is also part of the project.
- According to reports, SM.39 Exocet is equipped with anti-ship missiles and mines instead of diesel-electric submarine torpedoes.
- In June, it was reported that the Navy found fault with the submarine and refused to commission Khanderi until all deficiencies were rectified. According to a Business Standard report, one of its major drawbacks was that its engines and propellers were making high levels of noise.
Source: Money Control