India’s second Scorpene-class submarine INS Khanderi launched
INS Khanderi, India’s second French-designed Scorpene-class submarine was launched at Mumbai’s Mazagon Dock on Thursday.
The Scorpene project has been in the news lately after details emerged of leaked technical data, but the Indian Navy believes the leak of information – published by an Australian daily – does not compromise the operational prowess of the submarines.
Six submarines are being built at the Mazagon Docks in collaboration with France’s Direction des Constructions Navales or DCN in a three-billion-dollar project.
The main features of INS Khanderi include superior stealth and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons
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 designed to operate in all tropics and theatres. Several means and communications have been 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. Till December this year, the submarine will undergo rigorous trials and tests both at harbour and at sea and it will then be commissioned in the Indian Navy.
The primary weapon of the Scorpene submarines being built for the Indian Navy, the Black Shark torpedo, is missing because it is manufactured by a firm linked to the Italian firm Finmeccanica, which has been blacklisted after the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam. The Navy is looking to procure alternate torpedoes.