Scorpene-Class INS Karanj Commissioned Into Indian Navy; Know All About The ‘Silent Killer’

by Shatakshi Gupta

On Wednesday, the Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj joined the Indian Navy in Mumbai. INS Karanj was inducted into the Navy fleet in the presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Admiral (Retd) V.S.Shekhawat.

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After INS Karanj joins the Navy, the maritime strength of our country will increase manifold. INS Karanj is also called the Silent Killer because it can destroy the enemy’s camp without letting the enemy know its position.

How it got its name INS Karanj?

 The story behind the name of INS Karanj is also quite interesting. Every letter in INS Karanj has a meaning i.e. Killer Instinct from K, Atmanirbhar Bharat from A, Ready from R, Aggressive from A, Nimble from N and Josh from J.  Earlier two submarines of the same category, INS Kalaveri and INS Khanderi, have been inducted into the naval fleet.  Now the fourth submarine INS Vela is undergoing sea trials.

How lethal is this submarine?

INS Karanj has the capability to launch surface and underwater torpedo and tube-launched anti-ship missiles. It is claimed that INS Karanj has the capability to destroy the enemy by precisely aiming.

Besides, the submarine has the capability to carry out missions such as anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine layering and area surveillance.

The length of INS Karanj is approximately 70 meters and the height is 12 meters. The weight of this submarine is 1600 tons. This submarine is equipped with missile and torpedoes. Apart from this, it is also capable of laying sea mines for an enemy.

Why it is truly a ‘silent killer’?

 The Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj has used technology that would make it difficult for enemy countries to reconnaissance. These techniques include state-of-the-art acoustic silencing technology, low radiative noise level, hydro-dynamically optimized shape. All the detection mechanisms were kept while designing this submarine,which makes this submarine far more advanced.

Can stay low for a long time without coming on surface

 It is a submarine that does not need to come to the surface to take oxygen in long-distance missions. This technique has been developed by the Naval Materials Research Lab of DRDO. AIP ( Air Independent Propulsion) is included in the new Karanj.

When a submarine runs on battery, the submarine has to come to the surface to recharge the battery. Because the diesel engines which charge the battery needs oxygen to run. But Air Independent Propulsion is a technology that does not require the submarine to come to the surface to charge the battery.