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INS Khanderi boosts India's maritime combat lethality
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 9/28/2019 10:02:41 AM
INS Khanderi boosts India's maritime combat lethality
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissions India's second Scorpene-class attack submarine in Mumbai on Saturday

New Delhi: India's second Scorpene-class attack submarine INS Khanderi which was commissioned by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday is expected to increase the country's maritime combat lethality by several folds.As per the Indian Navy, the INS Khanderi is one of the most potent platforms to have been constructed in India that can compare with the best in the world.

The motif of the attack submarine is inspired by the fish 'Kanneri' which is found in the Arabian Sea. The fish is known for hunting while swimming close to the bottom of the ocean using the barbells to find their prey. The fish uses its long serrated saw to kill and shred their prey before eating it.

Like the fish 'Kanneri', the INS Khanderi is fully weaponised to attack its enemies. It is equipped with a set of missiles and torpedoes that can be fired upon detecting enemy targets. It has a sonar suite that enables long-range detection and classification of targets. The submarine's warfare capability comprises a cluster of integrated advanced weapons and sensors. It has undertaken multiple torpedo and missile firing trials to validate its fighting capability.

The INS Khanderi has an overall length of 67.5 metres and a height of about 12.3 metres. The hull form, the fin and the hydroplanes are specifically designed to produce minimum underwater resistance. The power of the submarine's motor is provided by 360 battery cells, each weighing 750 kg. The motor -- known as Permanently Magnetised Propulsion Motor -- is extremely silent in nature. The stealth of the INS Khanderi is further enhanced through the mounting of equipment inside the pressure hull on shock absorbing cradles.

Under a programme called Project 75, India is committed to building six Scorpene-class submarines at a cost of around Rs 25,000 crore. The first Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari had been commissioned into the Indian Navy in December 2017. The programme has been undertaken with Transfer of Technology from Naval Group, a state-run submarine builder in France, which was formerly known as DCNS.

The INS Khanderi is a conventional diesel-electric submarine and has been manufactured by the state-run Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai. Its construction had begun in April 2009. It was constructed in five separate segments which were welded together later.

The INS Khanderi commissioned on Saturday carries forward the legacy of her namesake, a Soviet Foxtrot Class, which was India's second submarine overall and was in service of the Indian Navy for 21 years. The first INS Khanderi was commissioned in December 1968 and pulled out of service in 1989.The submarine's motto 'Akhand Abhedya Adrishya' signifies the unity of the crew, indomitable spirit and stealth of the platform.

Rajnath commissions INS Khanderi attack submarine

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned India's second Scorpene-class attack submarine INS Khanderi into the Indian Navy in a ceremony held at the Mazagon Docks in Mumbai on Saturday.The commissioning was marked by the hoisting of the Indian National Flag on the flagpost of the submarine. Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh and a host of other dignitaries including senior naval officials were also present on the occasion.

The Defence Minister also commissioned the first of India's P-17 Shivalik-class frigate Nilgiri and the aircraft carrier drydock into the Indian Navy during the ceremony.The Navy said that the country's combat potential in the oceans has taken a quantum leap with the three inductions.

The INS Khanderi is the second attack submarine that has been commissioned into the Indian Navy under the P-75 project. In 2017, another submarine INS Kalvari had already been inducted into the Navy. The conventional submarine has been manufactured by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai.

Nilgiri, the Alpha Shivalik-class frigate, a stealth warship, has been built under a programme called P-17. The project, worth over Rs 45,000 crore, consists of a series of seven ships out of which three will be built by the Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai and three by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers in Kolkata.

The Nilgiri is a follow-up to the first ever frigate which was built by the Mazgaon Dock Limited way back in the 1970s and has now been decommissioned. Five more ships of the Nilgiri-class will be named after the famous hill ranges of India including Himgiri, Udaygiri, Dunagiri, Taragiri and Vindhyagiri. The seventh and last frigate will be named as Mahendragiri.

The aircraft carrier drydock which was commissioned on Saturday is the largest drydock of the Indian Navy. Maintenance work on ships which cannot be carried out while it is out in the seas is undertaken after berthing it in a drydock. Apart from maintenance works, the drydock also provides facilities for refueling and repair. The dimensions of the drydock commissioned on Saturday are such that it will be capable of even dry docking INS Vikramaditya, the modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier of Indian Navy.


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