INS Khanderi, the second indigenously built Scorpene submarine, was launched. It was at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai on 12th Jan 2017.
The submarine's features include superior stealth and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons.
The attack can be launched with torpedoes, as well as with tube-launched anti-ship missiles, while underwater or on surface.
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, i.e anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, area surveillance, etc.
Khanderi is the second of the six submarines being built at the MDL in collaboration with DCNS of France.
It is part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy.
The first one, Kalvari, is completing sea trials and will be commissioned shortly into the Navy.
Khanderi is named after the Island fort of Maratha forces ensuring their supremacy at sea in the late 17th century.
Khanderi is also the name of Tiger Shark.
Submarine has been built on principle of modular construction. This involves dividing the submarine into a number of sections and outfitting them concurrently.
All equipment has been installed in the submarine, with 95 per cent cabling and piping also being completed.
The important safety milestone of vacuum-testing was completed in the first attempt itself on January 5.
This matched the record of Kalvari.
As per tradition, ships and submarines of the Navy are brought alive again after decommissioning.
The first INS Khanderi was commissioned into the Navy on December 6, 1968 and decommissioned on October 18, 1989.Indian Submarine Day
- The Indian Navy’s submarine arm will complete 50 years on December 8, 2017.
- Submarine Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the birth of the submarine arm with the induction of the first submarine (Kalvari, into the Navy on December 8, 1967).
- Submarine contracting nations were joined by India on Feb 7, 1992 with the commissioning of INS Shalki.
- This was followed by INS Shankul.