Submarine Khanderi begins sea trials

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After the monsoon, the second Scorpene Khanderi began sea trials last week. As per schedule, it is expected to be commissioned within this year. The third submarine, Karanj, is on track to be launched by the year-end,

the first submarine awaits commissioning, the second one has just begun sea trials, and Mazagon Docks Ltd. (MDL) is gearing up to launch the third vessel.

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Six Scorpene-class submarines are being built under ‘Project 75’ of the Indian Navy.

 The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
The Indian Navy needs at least 24 submarines to maintain a minimum force level but it has only about 15 subs. Of the 15, half of them are used in a restricted manner or not at optimum level and are kept as war reserves.

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Khanderi is a part of an INR230 billion (USD3.5 billion) contract signed in October 2005 under India’s Project 75 submarine construction programme. The French-designed platform features an overall length of 66.4 m, an overall beam of 6.2 m, and a hull draught of 5.8 m. The vessel is equipped with six 533 mm torpedo tubes that can deploy the SM-39 Exocet Block 2 anti-ship missile.

Khanderi is powered by four MTU 12V 396 SE84 diesel engines, has a top dived speed of 20 kt, and a maximum surface speed of 11 kt. The submarine has a surfaced range of 6,500 n miles at 8 kt and can accommodate a crew of 31 including six officers.

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