INS Khanderi – All You Need To Know

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Indian Navy will commission India’s second Scorpene-class submarine INS Khanderi on September 28,2019. INS Khanderi is the second Scorpene class submarine which was handed over to the Indian Navy on September 19. INS Khanderi has many features that make it one of the best and most advanced submarines in the country.

Below are the important facts about INS Khanderi which you must know.

  • INS Khanderi is the second of six planned Scorpene-class submarines being built at Mazagon Dock Limited(MDL) under technology transfer from Naval Group of France as part of Project 75I.
  • The submarine ‘KHANDERI’ is named after the wide snouted Saw fish, a deadly sea predator of the great Indian Ocean.
  • The first Submarine Khanderi was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 06th December 1968 and decommissioned on 18th October 1989.
  • The state-of-the-art features allow this Scorpene submarine to launch attacks on the enemy using precision-guided weapons.

  • The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres including the tropics. It is equipped with all means and communication to ensure interoperability with other components of a naval task
  • INS Khanderi is also capable of undertaking various types of missions such as anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance.
  • The state-of-the-art vessel displaces 1,615 tonnes on the surface and 1,775 tonnes when submerged.
  • The 67.5 metres long INS Khanderi is powered by four MTU 12V 396 SE84 diesel engines and 360 battery cells and can remain on patrol for 50 days at a stretch at a depth of 350m.
  • The attack submarine can travel at 37 kmph (20 knots) undersea while its speed on the surface is 20 kmph (11 knots).

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Some Other Important Facts:

  • This submarine can also be called a ‘silent killer’, as it can engage in combat without itself being a target.
  • The submarine will have eight officers and 35 sailors.
  • It will be armed with 18 SUT torpedoes which can be fired from six tubes, sea-skimming Exocet anti-ship missiles.
  • It can also carry 30 anti-ship mines in place of torpedoes.

INS Kalvari was the first modern conventional submarine under Project 75I to be inducted in service in December 2017. The third submarine is currently undergoing sea trials and the fourth is getting ready to be launched.The other two submarines are at various stages of outfitting and will be delivered by 2022.