Sub­ma­rine Khan­deri launched


Khan­deri, the sec­ond of In­dian Navy’s Scor­pene class stealth sub­ma­rine, was launched re­cently by the Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Dr Sub­hash Bhamre paving the way for her sea tri­als. Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, and a host of other dig­ni­taries wit­nessed the launch at the Mazagon Dock Ship­builders Lim­ited (MDL).

The sub­ma­rine is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered to Navy by the yearend. She has been chris­tened af­ter her il­lus­tri­ous pre­de­ces­sor, an erst­while Fox­trot class sub­ma­rine de­com­mis­sioned in 1989, which is as per the tra­di­tions of the In­dian Navy. The con­struc­tion of six Scor­pene sub­marines is presently be­ing pro­gressed at the MDL, un­der Project 75 with trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy from DCNS France as the col­lab­o­ra­tor. 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.

Dr Sub­hash Bhamre said that Project 75 Kal­vari is a key mile­stone in self-re­liance and in­di­geni­sa­tion for the coun­try. Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba said dur­ing his ad­dress that the fact that sub­ma­rine Khan­deri com­pares with the best in the world, speaks highly of the ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise our ship­builders have gained over the years. He added that as In­dian Navy cel­e­brates golden jubilee of the sub­ma­rine arm in 2017, the in­duc­tion of Project 75 sub­marines would mark the be­gin­ning of a new chap­ter in our sub­ma­rine ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The launch­ing of Khan­deri also marks a crit­i­cal mile­stone event for the ship­yard which ear­lier has de­liv­ered two Shishu­mar class sub­marines in the 1990s and has now strength­ened its po­si­tion as a sub­ma­rine build­ing yard for In­dian Navy. Started as a small dry dock fa­cil­ity for East In­dia Com­pany, MDL to­day has es­tab­lished it­self as a fore­front de­fence pub­lic sec­tor un­der­tak­ing, with in­dige­nous con­struc­tion of sev­eral ships and sub­marines for Navy such as P-15(B) De­stroy­ers and P-17(A) class stealth frigates be­ing the lat­est.

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