Indian Navy Launches Third Scorpene Class Submarine 'Karanj'

| January 31 , 2018 , 09:15 IST

The Indian Navy on Wednesday launched the third Scorpene-class submarine 'Karanj' from the Mazadon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai, with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba as the chief guest.

State-of-the-art technology has been used for the construction of the Scorpene-class submarines, of which the first, INS Kalvari was commissioned into the Indian Navy last year on December 14 and the second INS Khanderi was launched at the MDL in January 2017 and is scheduled to be commissioned later this year.

The Scorpene-class submarines have superior stealth features, including advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels and hydro-dynamically optimised shapes. Using precision guided weapons, the Scorpene-class submarines are capable of launching crippling attacks on the enemy while underwater or on the surface of the water, making them unmatched by most submarines.

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Due to their advanced capabilities, the Scorpene submarines can carry out various types of missions, including Anti-Surface warfare, Anti-Submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, area surveillance etc.

Currently, the Indian Navy ranks as the 7th most powerful navy in the world, and is the 5th largest in terms of size. Meanwhile, the neighbouring nation of China has the 3rd most powerful navy in the world. Boosting naval capabilities is essential for the nation, considering that India has a coastline of 7,516.6 km.