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India’s Second Scorpene Submarine, Khanderi, Launched

Khanderi. Credit: Twitter

Khanderi. Credit: Twitter

Mumbai: Khanderi, the second Scorpene class submarine that has superior stealth and the ability to launch an attack with torpedoes as well as tube-launched anti-ship missiles while underwater or on surface, was today launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL).

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 minister’s wife, Bina Bhamre.

Chief of naval staff Admiral Sunil Lanba was also present on the occasion when the submarine was separated from the pontoon on which it was assembled.

The state-of-the-art features of this Scorpene class submarine include superior stealth and the ability to launch an attack on the enemy using a precision guided weapon. The attack can be launched with torpedoes, as well as tube-launched anti-ship missiles, while underwater or on the surface.

The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres, including the tropics. All means of 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, such as anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, area surveillance and the like.

Khanderi is the second of six submarines being built at MDL in collaboration with M/s DCNS of France, as part of Project 75 of the Indian navy. The first one, Kalvari, is completing sea trials and will be commissioned shortly into the Indian navy, a defence official said.

In August last year, 22,000 pages outlining the “secret combat capability”of the six Scorpene submarines France is supplying to India were leaked on the internet. This leak was first reported by The Australian, could “provide an ­intelligence bonanza if obtained by India’s strategic rivals, such as Pakistan or China,” the newspaper then wrote. The assumption among Indian naval officers then was that the information was leaked as part of the cut-throat competition between rival submarine manufacturers.

DCNS had then implied that the leak was on India’s side. But though some of the pages have the Indian navy’s emblem, the leak was believed to have occurred at the company level in France.

(With PTI inputs)