In a big boost, India launched its third Scorpene submarine. The submarine was launched on Wednesday at Mazagaon dock in Mumbai by Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba. The vessel is named as INS Karanj.
The launch comes as a big relief as the Indian Navy is crippling with the shortage of submarines and the current fleet of submarines is not that advanced to meet the growing challenges. Scorpene submarines will be a true game changer and force multiplier due to its advanced stealth features and capabilities to launch to attack with great precision.
So far, the Indian Navy has launched two Scorpene submarine INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi. One has already completed its sea trials and while other is undergoing deep sea trials.
Currently, Indian MDL is manufacturing six Scorpene conventional submarines with TOT from DCNS under a $3.75-billion deal signed in October 2005.