Mumbai: ‘Karanj’ the completely indigenously made Scorpene class submarine has been launched. Before this the ‘INS Kalvari’ has been commissioned in the Navy and the ‘INS Khanderi’ submarine from the same class, is undergoing testing trials. ‘Karanj’ is the third in the series and will soon be taken up for testing trials.
Reena Lanba, wife of Naval Chief Sunil Lanba, launched the submarine. The submarine will be undergoing testing and trials for a year before it gets commissioned into the navy, said the Navy Chief. Approximately six Scorpene class submarines will be inducted into the Indian navy and this project is in collaboration with France. The submarines are being built at Mazagaon Docks in Mumbai and ‘Karanj’ is the third submarine in the series.
The length of the ‘Karanj’ is 67.5 meters and its height is 12.5 meters. The weight of this submarine is 1565 tonnes. The ‘Karanj’ is capable of launching ‘torpedoes’ and anti-ship missiles. This submarine can be used for anti-submarine warfare and intelligence gathering. This submarine is capable of locating the underwater mines and diffusing them. Equipped with the advanced acoustic silencing techniques, it can easily dodge the radars. This submarine is capable of striking land targets as well.
Since the last few years, the Indian navy has been faced with some serious challenge from China. The Chinese naval presence in the Indian ocean and the Bay of Bengal is on the rise. China has made preparations for challenging India in the India’s area of influence. Therefore, it has become imperative to increase the strength of the Indian navy and the Indian navy was making rapid movement in that direction. The manufacture of new Warships, Destroyers and Submarines has been expedited and its results are visible.