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20 September INS KHANDERI

INS Khanderi was launched in 2017 and it had been undergoing sea trials since then. The submarine is named after INS Khanderi (S22), a “Foxtrot” class submarine that was decommissioned in 1989. 

. The state-of-the-art features allow this Scorpene submarine to launch attacks on the enemy using precision-guided weapons. Its stealth feature gives it an invulnerability, unmatched by many submarines.

. The submarine, designed to operate in all theatres, including the tropics, is equipped with all means and communication to ensure interoperability with other components of a naval task force.

. INS Khanderi is also capable of undertaking various types of missions i.e anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance.

. The submarine is made up of high-tensile steel which allows it to dive deeper and withstand high yield stress. According to reports, it can operate at a depth of 300 metres underwater and travel 1,020 km underwater.

30-year submarine building plan

. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government in 1999 approved a 30-year submarine building plan for induction of 24 submarines in a phased manner. According to the 30-year plan, the Navy has to procure six Scorpene submarines under Project-75 and build an additional six under the same project. The plan requires the remaining 12 to be built indigenously.

. The Navy currently operates 14 conventionally powered submarines and induction of a few more are in the pipeline. Besides, the Navy operates two nuclear ballistic missile submarines, both made in India, and a Russian-built nuclear powered fast attack submarine

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