News: Indian Navy’s third stealth Scorpene class Submarine INS Karanj has been commissioned under Project-75 at the Naval Dockyard Mumbai.
- It is a programme by the Indian Navy that entails building six Scorpene Class attack submarines.
- Scorpene is a conventional powered submarine weighing 1,500 tonnes and can go up to depths of 300m.
- It is given support by the Department of Defence Production(Ministry of Defence) and Indian Navy throughout its various phases of construction.
- The MDL is manufacturing six Scorpene submarines with technology assistance from Naval Group of France under a USD 3.75 bn deal signed in October 2005.
- Other submarines of the ongoing Project-75:
- Two submarines, Kalvariand Khanderi, have been commissioned into the Indian Navy.
- The third submarine, Karanj, is in the last phase of rigorous sea trials.
- The fourth Scorpene, Vela,has commenced its sea trials.
- The sixth and last submarine, Vagsheer, is being readied for boot together.