Scorpene class Khanderi
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Mumbai, Jan. 12 (PTI): Khanderi, the second Scorpene class stealth submarine that can launch torpedoes as well as anti-ship missiles was launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd here on Thursday.
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.
Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre presided over the function to initiate the launch of Khanderi (Yard 11876).
The submarine was launched by the Union minister's wife, Bina Bhamre, in the presence of Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba.
Khanderi is expected to be delivered to the Navy by the year end. According to the traditions of Indian Navy, the submarine has been christened after its illustrious predecessor, an erstwhile 'Foxtrot' class submarine decommissioned in 1989.
”Project 75 Kalvari is a key milestone in self reliance and indigenisation for the country,” Bhamre said.
Admiral Lanba said the fact that Khanderi compares with the best in the world, speaks highly of the experience and expertise India’s shipbuilders have gained over the years.
”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,” he said.
The first of the class submarine, Kalvari is at present undergoing sea trials and likely to be commissioned into the Navy by Mid-2017. These submarines would form the core of Navy's conventional submarine arm.
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.
The launching of Khanderi also marks a critical milestone event for the shipyard, which delivered two Shishumar class submarines in the 1990s and has now strengthened its position as a submarine building yard for the Indian Navy.
Started as a small dry dock facility for the East India Company, MDL has established itself as a forefront Defence Public Sector Undertaking, with indigenous construction of several ships and submarines for Navy such as P 15 B Destroyers and P 17 A class stealth frigates being the latest.
The construction of six Scorpene submarines is at present in progress at Mazagon Dock Shipyard Ltd (MDL), under Project 75 with Transfer of Technology from DCNS of France as the collaborator.