The Indian Navy on Wednesday launched ‘INS Karanj’, the third Scorpene class submarine built at Mumbai’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL). Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, was the chief guest on the occasion.
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 undergoing sea trials and all the submarines are due to be inducted gradually into the Indian Navy by 2020.
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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 and while 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.