Mumbai, Jan 31: 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. Also Read - In a First, Two Women Officers Join Crew of Indian Navy Warships | All You Need to Know
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. Also Read - Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat Goes on Last Voyage to Ship-breaking Yard in Gujarat
The state-of-the-art features of the Scorpenes include superior stealth and ability to launch crippling attacks with precision-guided weapons. Also Read - Amid Border Tensions, Chinese Vessels Spotted in Indian Waters Last Month; Indian Navy on Constant Watch
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.
(Inputs from IANS)