12 January, Mumbai
Khanderi, the second Scorpene class submarine was launched Thursday at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai.
It has superior stealth and the ability to launch a crippling attack with torpedoes as well as tube-launched anti-ship missiles whilst underwater or on surface. Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre presided over the function to initiate the launch of Khanderi.
Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba was present on the occasion. 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.
The state-of-the-art features of this Scorpene class submarine include superior stealth and ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapon.
The attack can be launched with torpedoes, as well as tube-launched anti-ship missiles, whilst underwater or on surface. The stealth features will give it invulnerability, unmatched by many submarines. The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres, including the tropics.
All means and 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.
According to a defence official, Khanderi is the second of the six submarines being built at MDL in collaboration with M/s DCNS of France, as part of Project 75 of Indian Navy. The first one, Kalvari, is completing sea trials and will be commissioned shortly into the Indian Navy.