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India’s second French-designed Scorpene-class attack submarine hits the waters

The launch of INS Khanderi, the second submarine under the Scorpéne project marks an important milestone for the Indian Navy. This newest addition belongs to a class of diesel-electric attack submarines, jointly developed by French Direction des Constructions Navales and Navantia, a Spanish company. INS Khanderi, named after the Maratha island fort, has superior features and can launch an attack with torpedoes and tube-launched anti-ship missiles, while submerged or on surface. India had undertaken the Scorpène class submarine project in 2005, purchasing six submarines for $3 billion. The state-owned Mazagon Docks in Mumbai was supposed to deliver them between 2012 and 2016 but the delayed launch has cast a shadow after classified information of the project was leaked to the Australian media in August last year. 

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