MDL Delivers Second Scorpene Submarine ‘Khanderi’ to Navy

Indian Navy

New Delhi: Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai on September 19 delivered the second Scorpene class submarine ‘KHANDERI’ to the Indian Navy.

The Acceptance Document was signed by Cmde Rakesh Anand, Chairman & Managing Director, MDL and Rear Admiral B Sivakumar, Chief of Staff Officer (Tech), Western Naval Command in the presence of MDL Directors and Navy personnel at MDL. The submarine would soon be commissioned into the Indian Navy.

The technology utilised in the Scorpene has ensured superior features of the submarine.

The Scorpene class of submarines can undertake multifarious tasks typically undertaken by any modern submarine which include anti-surface as well as anti-submarine warfare.

With the delivery of Khanderi, India further cements its position as a submarine building nation and MDL has lived up to its reputation as one of India’s leading shipyards with a capacity to meet requirements of the Indian Navy by the “Indian commercial and warship building and ship repairing industry report” released in Mumbai during March, 2018 by CRISIL.

The constructions of third Scorpene at MDL, KARANJ, was started on January 31, 2018, and is currently undergoing the rigorous phase of sea trials. The fourth Scorpene, VELA was recently launched in May 2019, and is being prepared for sea trials, while the remaining two submarines, VAGIR and VAGSHEER, are in various stages of outfitting. The Scorpene project would not have been achieved up to the current progress without the unconditional support and active encouragement of the Department of Defence Production (MoD).