Security Issues

Second Scorpene submarine ready for induction

News Summary

  • 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
    • Surveillance

 

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