Indian Navy commissions INS Khanderi
The Indian Navy has commissioned INS Khanderi into service, Naval Group announced on 28 September.
Built by Indian shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) under technology transfer and partnership with Naval Group, the commission of the second P75 Scorpene-class submarine follows the commissioning of INS Kalvari in December 2017, and the launching of Karanj in January 2018 and Vela in May 2019.
The submarines are being fitted with number of Indian-built systems and equipment as part of work to build the nation’s naval industrial base.
Olivier de la Bourdonnaye, senior executive program director at Naval Group, said: ‘The rise in competencies that MDL completed is very inspiring. It is the first time in history that such a large scale technology transfer has taken place for the making of one of the most complex products found in the world.
‘The commissioning of the second Scorpene-class submarine constitute a new milestone for this unique and one of a kind industrial programme. The additional unit of this stealthy submarine will further contribute to the self-reliance of the Indian Navy.’
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