The Indian Navy on Saturday inducted the second Scorpene-class submarine, the INS Khanderi. This new naval asset will bolster the Navy’s arsenal, deter India’s enemies and provide combating supremacy.
The Union Defence Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh, commissioned the INS Khanderi in Mumbai. The submarine has been manufactured at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
It is a reincarnated version of the first Khanderi submarine of the Navy. The first submarine was commissioned into the Navy in December 1968 and decommissioned after 20 years of service in October 1989.
INS Khanderi has the capability to undertake multifarious tasks typically undertaken by any modern submarine. These include anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance. Its state-of-the-art features mean that the INS Khanderi will be capable of superior stealth, and the ability to launch attacks using precision guided weapons. It is the second of the six such submarines being built under Project 75 at Mazagon Docks, carried out in collaboration with the French submarine builder Naval Group (formerly DCNS).