Indian Navy gets third Scorpene submarine, to be commissioned as INS Karanj

According to a tweet published by Indian State on February 15, 2021, the Indian Navy got its third Scorpene submarine, which will be commissioned as INS Karanj diesel-electric attack submarine, of Project P-75 in Mumbai.


According to a tweet published by Indian State on February 15, 2021, the Indian Navy got its third Scorpene submarine, which will be commissioned as INS Karanj diesel-electric attack submarine, of Project P-75 in Mumbai.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 INS Karanj (2018) is the third submarine of the first batch of six Kalvari-class submarines for the Indian Navy. It is a diesel-electric attack submarine based on the Scorpène class. (Picture source: Twitter account of Embassy of India)


The submarine has been handed over to the Navy three years after sea trials began in January 2018. He will be commissioned into the Indian Navy in March as INS Karanj.

Accepting the submarine yesterday, MDL chairman and managing director Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad (retired) and Western Naval Command’s chief of staff officer (technical) Rear Admiral B Sivakumar put their signatures on the document.

INS Karanj has advanced stealth and combat capabilities and has been built jointly by the MDL in collaboration with a French company. The diesel-electric attack submarine has been built under Project 75 of Mazagon Dock Limited.

This is the third submarine which the Navy has received. INS Kalavari was the first such submarine which was commissioned into the Indian Navy in October 2017. INS Khanderi was the second in line and was commissioned in September 2019.

Three more such submarines are under development/sea trials phase and these include INS Vela, INS Vagir and INS Vagsheer. While the first two are undergoing sea trials, INS Vagsheer is still under development.

Submarines are a key asset for the Navy as they can undertake anti-surface as well as anti-submarine warfare missions. Further, they help in intelligence gathering, mine laying etc.

Kalvari class submarines are based on Scorpene type diesel-electric attack submarines designed by DCNS and built by MDL. INS Karanj submarine has a length of 67,5 m, a beam of 6,2 m, and a draught of 5,8 m. It has a crew of 43 people including 8 officers.


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