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

Published 3 years ago on Jan 17, 2017 Read
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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.