The Indian Navy is set to induct the second Scorpene submarine Khanderi . Khanderi has completed all trials and is in the final stages of acceptance. It is expected to be commissioned into the Navy by end April or early May, 2019.
- The Scorpene submarine is jointly developed by French state-owned shipbuilding firm DCNS (formerly DCN) and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and has been built at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.
- Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), Mumbai, is manufacturing six Scorpene submarines under technology transfer from Naval Group of France under a 2005 contract. The ‘Boot Together’ is where the five separate sections are welded together to form the submarine.
- The first submarine of the class Kalvari joined service in December 2017.
- The third in the Scorpene series Karanj which was launched in January last year.
- The fourth submarine Vela is ready to be launched into the water for trials
- The last two submarines Vagir and Vagsheer are in advanced stages of manufacturing on the assembly line.
Scorpene Class Submarine:
- The Scorpène-class submarines are a class of diesel-electric attack submarines jointly developed by the French Direction des Constructions Navales and the Spanish company Navantia, and now by Naval Group. It features diesel propulsion and an additional air-independent propulsion.
- The state-of- the-art technology utilised for construction of the Scorpene class submarines has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimized shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons.