The Indian Navy will commission its third Scorpene-class submarine–the INS Karanj–in Mumbai on 10 March, a person familiar with the development said on Monday. The Navy has inducted two submarines of the same class–the INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi–from Mazagaon Docks Limited (MDL’s) where the INS Karanj was also built.
The diesel-electric attack submarines have been built under MDL’s Project-75 in collaboration with a French firm.
A total of six submarines are to be built at the MDL. These were the Scorpene-class submarines ordered by India in 2005 with MDL being the licensed builder of the SSK class submarine in collaboration with France’s Naval Group in Mumbai.
Trials of two – the Vela and Vagir – are underway while the construction of sixth Vagsheer is under way. The INS Kalvari was launched in October 2015 and commissioned in December 2017, five years behind the schedule.