Khanderi, the second of Kalvari class submarines with Scorpene® design, was launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai on January 12. Union Minister of State for Defence Shri Subhash Bhamre attended the event in presence of Commodore Rakesh Anand, IN (Retd), CMD of MDL and Pierre Legros, Head of Naval Programs at DCNS.
Kalvari class submarines are based on Scorpene® type diesel-electric attack submarines designed by DCNS and built by MDL. DCNS along with MDL is fully committed to the “Make In India” initiative paving way for self-reliance of Indian Navy. The Group is very proud of the sound industrial ecosystem that has been created for the indigenisation of the P75 submarines.
This launch will now start trail of events, which will lead to the separation of the submarine from the pontoon on which it is being assembled and its final setting afloat. Pressure testing, setting-to-work and commissioning of various systems of the submarine are currently in progress and will continue after the launching. Khanderi will undergo rigorous trials and tests, both in harbour and at sea, on and under surface.
The first of class, Kalvari, is currently advancing constructively in its major sea trial milestones before she gets commissioned and enters into service in the Indian Navy in the next few months. Four other submarines will follow in the wake of Khanderi, at intervals of nine months.