As per recent reports, INS Karanj, India’s third P75I Scorpène-class diesel-electric submarine, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai on Wednesday. The Scorpene-class submarine was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai in presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Admiral (Retired) VS Shekhawat.
"Indian Navy has been a strong proponent of indigenization & self-reliance in defense over the past 7 decades. At present, out of 42 ships & submarines on order, 40 are being constructed in Indian shipyards," Naval chief Karambir Singh said on the occasion.
"The impetuous to atmanirbharta or indigenization is a fundamental tenet of Indian Navy's growth story & future trajectory,'' he added.
The first two submarines of the Scorpène class, INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi have already been commissioned into the navy. A total of 6 submarines of Kalvari class are being made at Mazgaon Dock Limited, Mumbai and now INS Karanj is ready to become the country's pride.
Hailing #MakeInIndia spirit, INS Karanj 3rd #P75 Kalvari class submarine commissioned today. The event highlights successful technology transfer by @navalgroup now enabling fully indigenous submarine construction in 🇮🇳#TrulyAatmanirbhar @indiannavy @BipinRawat16 @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/tS4tkc0HpP— Naval Group IN (@navalgroup_IN) March 10, 2021
The P75I Scorpene-class submarines are armed with six torpedo launching tubes, 18 heavy weapons, tube-launched MBDA SM-39 Exocet anti-ship missiles, and precision-guided weapons.
INS Karanj can travel up to 12,000 km at a time. It has 8 officers and 35 naval personnel. It can dive up to 350 meters under the sea. Submarines of Kalvari class can run at a speed of 37 km per hour under the sea.
The weapons are carried in weapon launching tubes and can be easily reloaded at sea. The submarine can launch crippling attacks on the surface and underwater enemy targets.