In a major boost to Indian Navy, the third scorpene-class submarine, Karanj, was launched at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders limited (MDL) in Mumbai on Wednesday. Karanj is the third of the six Scorpene-Class Submarines being built by MDL under the project 75 programme. The first was inducted into Indian Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month.
Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba's wife Reena Lanba launched the submarine.
"It (submarine) will undergo rigorous tests for the next one year before it is commissioned," Admiral Lanba said on the occasion.
The first one, INS Kalvari, was commissioned on December 14 last year. The second one, Khandari, has already been launched and is undergoing sea trials. The Scorpene Submarines are a primary modernisation requirement of the Indian Navy, which is currently faced with an ageing Submarine fleet, and that too when the Chinese Navy has a growing presence in the indian ocean.
Six Scorpene class submarines are being built at Mumbai in collaboration with France's Naval Group, DCNS.