Mumbai: Khanderi, the second Kalvari class submarine, will be launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) here on Thursday.
Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre will preside over the function to initiate the launch of Khanderi (Yard 11876).
Speaking on the occasion, Bhamre said, “I am confident that the day is not too far when MDL will build submarines for other nations as well.”
India joined the exclusive group of submarine constructing nations on February 7, 1992, with the commissioning of the first Indian-built submarine, INS Shalki.
MDL built this submarine and went on to commission another submarine, INS Shankul on May 28, 1994. These submarines are still in service today.
The state-of-art features of the Scorpene submarines 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 tube launched anti-ship missiles whilst underwater or on surface.
It can undertake multifarious types of missions, including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance, which are typically undertaken by any modern submarine.
The boat is named after the first Khanderi, a diesel-electric submarine which was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1968, and decommissioned in 1989.
In 2005, India purchased six Scorpene submarines for USD 3 billion.
Source: Zee News