Ins Karanj, the third submarine of kalvari class in India, is likely to join the Navy in four to five months. Karanj was sent for sea trials in 2018.
Ins Karanj, the third submarine of kalvari class in India, is likely to join the Navy in four to five months.
Karanj was sent for sea trials in 2018 and according to sources, the tests have been successful. Ins Vela, the fourth submarine of the same class, will also join the Navy by the end of next year.
The first two submarines of Kalvari class, Kalwari and Khanderi have already joined the Navy. A total of 6 Sabrameen of Kalwari class is being constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai.
These submarines can stay in the sea for up to 50 days and travel up to 12000 km at a time. It has 8 officers and 35 marines and can dive up to 350 metres inside the sea.
Kalvari class submarines can run at a speed of 37 kmph inside the sea. They contain torpedoes to destroy a submarine or a ship on the surface of the sea inside the sea. In addition, they can also lay landmines in the sea.
The Indian Navy had made a major plan to strengthen the submarine fleet in 1997. It had plans to build 24 new submarines by 2024, but the scheme is still behind schedule. The first submarine under Kalwari Class i.e. Project 75 has joined the Navy in 2017. The project is yet to be completed by 2022.
Project 75 (India) of a more modern submarine equipped with air-independent propulsion is expected to start soon. The project is going to be tender soon. In addition to these 12 submarines, India plans to build 12 nuclear submarines.
The Indian Navy now has 9 of the Indus class, 3 of the ShishuMar class, 2 of the Kalwari class and one nuclear submarine INS Chakra i.e. a total of 14 submarines. Ins Arihant and INS Ari ambush are the two submarines of the Arinhat class, which are nuclear ballistic submarines.
Apart from nuclear submarines, all submarines of the Indian Navy are diesel-electric and have to surface every a couple of days due to lack of air-independent propulsion.