Khanderi, second of Navy's Scorpene class stealth submarines, launched
Mumbai, January 12, 2017
Khanderi, the second of the Indian Navy’s Scorpene class stealth submarines, was launched here today by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, paving the way for her sea trials.
Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion at Mazagon Dock Shipyard Limited (MDL).
The submarine is expected to be delivered to Navy by the year end. She has been christened after her illustrious predecessor, an erstwhile ‘Foxtrot’ class submarine decommissioned in 1989, which is as per the traditions of Indian Navy, an official press release said.
The construction of six Scorpene submarines is presently being progressed at MDL under Project 75 with Transfer of Technology from DCNS, France as the collaborator. The first of the six submarines, Kalvari, is presently undergoing sea trials and likely to be commissioned into Navy by mid-2017.
These submarines, post induction, would form the core of the Navy’s conventional Submarine Arm, the release said.
Dr. Bhamre said that Project 75 Kalvari is a key milestone in self- reliance and indigenisation for the country. Admiral Lanba said that the fact that ‘’Khanderi” compares with the best in the world speaks highly of the experience and expertise Indian shipbuilders have gained over the years.
He added that 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 the country's submarine capabilities.
The launching of Khanderi also marks a critical milestone event for the shipyard which earlier has delivered two Shishumar class submarines in the 1990s and has now strengthened its position as a submarine building yard for Indian Navy. Started as a small dry dock facility for East India Company, MDL has established itself as a frontline 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.