The Indian Navy, which was crippling from the shortage of new submarines and low fleet, finally gets a relief with the introduction of a third Scorpene submarine this year. The Indian Navy launched the INS Karanj last month at the naval dockyard in Mumbai. The submarine will now go for deep sea trials and will be inducted later this year.
Here are the capabilities of the submarine:
The submarine displaces around 1,500 tons of weight and is 61 meters long. It is equipped with 533 mm torpedo tubes which can fire anti-ship heavy and light torpedoes, anti-ship missiles and also sea mines. It can also be armed with deadly SM.39 Exocet Anti-Ship Missile, the missile has a range of 50km and can be fired at lower-than-periscope depths.
The submarine is a conventional attack submarine which is powered by 360 battery cells that each weigh around 750 kgs and with two 1,250 kW MAN diesel engines which charges the batteries.
Nearly six Scorpene submarines will be inducted into the Indian Navy. One is already inducted and the second one is in last stage trials.