- INS Kandheri is all set to be inducted into Indian Navy in May.
- It is the second of the 6 Scorpene class submarines being constructed under Project-75.
In brief: Project-75
- Project 75 represents a key milestone in indigenization of submarine production in India.
- Under Project-75, six Scorpene class submarines are being constructed by Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai, with Transfer of Technology from France.
- The Scorpene class submarines will be the core of India’s conventional attack submarine arm.
- Project-75 is expected to be completed by 2020.
Six Submarines of Project 75
- Kalavari – Inducted in 2017
- Kandheri – To be inducted in May 2019
- Karanj – Under trials, to be inducted by end of 2019
- Vela – To be launched for trials in 2019
- Vagir – Being manufactured and assembled.
- Vagsheer – Being manufactured and assembled.
Note: While the first four submarines will be conventional, the two will be equipped with the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system in order to stay underwater for longer duration.
In focus: INS Kandheri
- INS Khanderi is also a Scorpene class conventional submarine.
- The Scorpene class submarines are a 2000-tons class conventional submarine propelled by diesel-electric engine.
- They have superior stealth capabilities with advanced acoustic silencing techniques with low noise levels.
- It has a precision guided weapon system capable of attacks from both conventional weapons (torpedoes, missiles) and tube-launched weapons.
- It is designed to operate in all theatres, including the tropics.
- They are capable of multifarious missions including:
- Surface vessel warfare
- Anti-submarine warfare
- Long-range strikes
- Intelligence gathering
- Mine laying