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INS Khanderi is being delivered more than six years late, well over cost and with several defects that remain to be resolved

INS Khanderi, the Navy’s second Scorpene submarine, which Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned in Mumbai on Saturday
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INS Khanderi, the Navy’s second Scorpene submarine, which Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned in Mumbai on Saturday | Photo: Ajai Shukla

Ajai Shukla New Delhi
On Saturday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned into service the Navy’s 15th conventionally powered, diesel-electric submarine, INS Khanderi. Built in Mazagon Dock Ltd, Mumbai (MDL) in technology partnership with French shipyard Naval Group, this is the second of six Scorpene submarines the Navy contracted in 2005 for Rs 18,798 crore.

Singh described the commissioning as “a proud moment for the nation, the Indian Navy and MDL”. In fact, INS Khanderi is being delivered more than six years late, well over cost and with several defects that remain to be resolved.

When the Khanderi first sailed out of Mumbai for sea trials on

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First Published: Sep 29 2019 | 12:01 AM IST

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