The Indian Navy's INS Khanderi Scorpene-class submarine has sailed out from Mazagon Dock in Mumbai to begin its first sea trials, marking a significant milestone in the vessel’s construction.
The Indian-built submarine is the second of the six Scorpene-class vessels to be constructed for the Indian Navy under Project 75 (P75), and this first major trial moves INS Khanderi a step closer to its induction into the service, which is slated for later this year.
A rigorous set of sea trials has been designed to evaluate the vessel’s operating capabilities in as much detail as possible.
INS Khanderi was launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipyard Limited (MDL) in January.
The six Indian Navy vessels have been designed by French company DCNS based on the Scorpene-type diesel-electric attack submarine, and are being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders.
INS Kalvari is the first in the series and is currently being prepared for delivery in July or August.
The delivery follows a rigorous set of sea trials conducted over the past year, including successful live missile and torpedo firings.
The remaining four vessels are set to be delivered to the Indian Navy by 2020 at nine-month intervals.
Image: Scorpene-class submarine INS Khanderi. Photo: courtesy of Indian Navy.