Scorpene-class attack submarine INS Khanderi will be commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Mumbai on the 28th of September.
The conventional diesel-electric submarine is manufactured by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai.
“The Naval chief is also scheduled to attend the function along with the defence minister. September 28 has been finalised as the commissioning date,” a Navy official said.
The first Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari was commissioned into service in December 2017.
India is building 6 Scorpene-class submarine under Project 75 programme. The programme has been undertaken with Transfer of Technology from Naval Group, state-run French submarine builder, which was formerly known as DCNS.
INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi both are a part of this project.
In 2005, India chose the Scorpène design; purchasing six submarines for US$3 billion. Under a technology transfer agreement, the state-owned Mazagon Docks in Mumbai was to manufacture the submarines, and deliver them between 2012 and 2016.
However, the project is running six years behind schedule. Construction started on 23 May 2009. The first Scorpene submarine, named INS Kalvari, was undocked for the purpose of starting sea trials in April 2015 and will be delivered in September 2016.
In August 2016, over 20,000 confidential pages of the submarine’s manual were leaked by Australian media, stirring up a controversy about the impact to India’s ambitions of fielding a blue-water navy.
DCNS answered that those documents were not crucial. After extensive sea trials, Kalvari was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 14 December 2017.
Source : Various