Mazagaon Dock Limited (MDL) on Monday delivered the third Scorpene-class submarine to the navy after two years of testing at sea. The submarine was released in January 2018 for offshore testing and will be commissioned as INS Karanj, a naval officer said.
The Chairman and Managing Director of the MDL, Lt. Admiral Narayan Prasad (retired) and Admiral B Sivakumar, Chief of the Western Navy (Technical) Command, signed the acceptance document.
INS Karanj is India the third of six Scorpene class submarines with superior and combat capabilities. The attack-oil-electric submarine was built under MDLs Project-75 in collaboration with a French firm.
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The first such submarine INS Calvary was launched in October 2015 and ordered in December 2017, five years later than scheduled. The second, INS Khanderi, was launched in January 2017 for offshore testing and was ordered in September 2019. INS Vela was launched in May 2019 and is undergoing offshore testing. INS Vagir was launched in November 2020 and is also passing naval tests. The sixth INS Vagsheer submarine is in the equipment phase.
Scorpene submarines can undertake various missions such as anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare as well as intelligence gathering, mine laying, area surveillance, etc.
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The latest technology used to build Scorpene class submarines has provided superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silence techniques, low radiation levels, hydro-dynamically optimized shape and the ability to launch an attack to the enemy using precision-guided weapons. The attack can be mounted with both torpedoes and tubular anti-ship missiles, at the same time as underwater or on the surface.
The stealth of this strong platform is enhanced by the special attention paid to the various signatures. These characteristics stealthily give it inviolability, unbeatable by most submarines.
Two SSK submarines built by MDL in 1992 and 1994 are still in service after more than 25 years, a clear testament to the quality of MDL construction. MDL has also achieved expertise in submarine repairs by successfully executing the Refit-cum-Upgradation medium of all four Indian Navy SSK class submarines. She is currently completing the INS Shishumar Medium and Life Correction Certification, the first SSK submarine, an MDL statement said.
MDL has always been at the forefront of the progressive indigenous warship building program of nations. With the construction of Leander and Godavari class frigates, Khukri class destroyers, rocket ships, Delhi and Kolkata class destroyers, Shivalik class stealth frigates, SSK submarines and the Scorpene submarine under its belt, the history of today almost MDL compiles the history of building indigenous warships in India.
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