Today, the Indian Navy introduced the third locally manufactured Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj from the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai and the submarine will be inducted into the navy by 2019.
The Indian Navy has been on a spree of introducing new maritime warships and submarines recently, and the latest launch is the “India made” Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj, introduced today on January 31, 2018. INS Karanj has now become the third Scorpene-class submarine in Indian Navy’s fleet – with the previous two including INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi that were launched last year. The state-of-art Scorpene submarine has been made in India and is expected to make a generation shift in India’s submarine operations. INS Karanj is the third of the six Scorpene-class submarines built by MDL in Mumbai under the government’s programme – Project 75.
INS Karanj is equipped with superior stealth features, ability to launch underwater missiles with precision, advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels and hydro-dynamically optimised shape to make it virtually invincible and unmatched. The Scorpene-class submarines are loaded with communication mediums to ensure interoperability with other naval ships. The new 67.5 meters long, 12.3 meters tall and 1565 ton submarine is capable of attacking on land area from the sea. INS Karanj is equipped with torpedoes and anti-missiles and is able to undertake anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance.
India has been aggressively muscling up its naval fleet because of its concerns due to China’s expansions in ‘String of Pearls’. So India is evidently developing a powerful, new-age and well-equipped Navy is essential to not only guard the over 7,500 km coastline, but also secure India’s interests in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). INS Karanj makes the number of submarines commission in Indian Navy to be 13 and India hopes to have a fleet of 22 submarines by 2020-21 under the Rs 70,000 crore indigenously build stealth submarine fleet.