Mumbai: In another milestone for the Indian Navy today launched second of six Scorpene-class stealth submarines ‘Khanderi’ that can unleash a crippling attack with torpedoes as well as tube-launched anti-ship missiles to give strength to India’s underwater capabilities.
Khanderi, which was launched at a yard at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) here, a defence public sector undertaking, is expected to be delivered to the Indian Navy by the end of this year.
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, i.e anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, area surveillance, etc.
Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre presided over the function for the launch of Khanderi.
The first of the class submarine, 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 Navy’s conventional submarine arm.
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, an MDL official said.