The Indian Navy on Wednesday launched its third Scorpene-class submarine Karanj in Mumbai.
The Scorpene-class submarines are a modernized fleet equipped with features that make them extremely stealthy and noiseless during operation, The Times of India reported. Karanj is the third of six such submarines being built by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited, in collaboration with French shipbuilding major Naval Group, PTI reported.
Karanj has been built to launch guided weapons, torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, both while underwater or on the surface, The Times of India reported.
First of the Scorpene class submarines, INS Kalvari was commissioned in Mumbai last December. The second in the series of six submarine project, INS Khanderi was launched on January 12, 2017 and is was undergoing sea trials. It will be commissioned later this year. All the submarines are due to be inducted gradually into the Indian Navy by 2020.
Erstwhile Karanj was commissioned in @indiannavy on 04 Sep 1969 and was retired on 01 Aug 2003. Today she is reborn in a new avatar pic.twitter.com/beodU1tZjA
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) January 31, 2018
The first of the six submarines, Kalvari, was launched in 2015 and commissioned into the Indian Navy in December 2017. The second one in the series, Khanderi, was launched in January 2017 and is currently undergoing tests.
Karanj, too will be tested over the next year before it is commissioned, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said on Tuesday. Lamba’s wife, Reena Lanba, launched the submarine at the event.
The state-of-the-art features of the Scorpenes include superior stealth and ability to launch crippling attacks with precision-guided weapons.
The attacks can be carried out with torpedoes both while submerged or on the surface — in all war theatres including the tropics, giving it an unmatched invulnerability.
The submarine has an overall length of 67.5 metre and a height of about 12.3 metres. The hull form, fin and hydroplanes are specifically designed to produce minimum underwater resistance.
An older version of Karanj was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1969 and retired in August 2003, the Navy said. “It served the nation for 34 years and also took part in the 1971 operations.”