Mumbai: INS Khanderi, the second Scorpene-class submarine will get commissioned in the Indian Navy by September. Sources have confirmed that on September 28, in the presence of defence minister Rajnath Singh will be commissioned. It will be part of the Western Naval Command in Mumbai. Singh will also launch the first ship of the Shivalik Class which is follow on Project 17A at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), Mumbai the same day.
The Naval Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and other top naval officers will be present. In December 2017, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first Scorpene-class submarine was commissioned.
The third Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj is in the advanced stages of its trials and if it clears all trials successfully it will be able to join the Indian Naal fleet end of this year or early next year.
A Scorpene-class submarine has the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using the precision-guided weapon. It can be launched in anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare. It can be used for intelligence gathering, mine laying, and area surveillance.
It is 66-meter long and is made up of a special kind of high-tensile steel. This special steel ensures that the warship can withstand high yield stress and allows it to dive deeper.
The submarine has the capability to operate at a depth of 300 meters underwater and travel 1,020 km underwater.
It also has the provision to carry 18 torpedoes and tube-launched anti-ship missiles underwater and from the surface.