The Indian Navy has commissioned a third Scorpene-class submarine. In total, the Navy should receive six such submarines.
The Indian Navy has commissioned the third Scorpene-class submarine, the INS Karanj. Three more such submarines will join the fleet in the first half of the 2020s.
Diesel-electric submarine of the Scorpene type was developed in France. After its Navy abandoned the operation of such boats in favor of nuclear submarines, the Scorpene became an export series.
The transfer of the submarine and its commissioning were important events for the Indian shipbuilding industry. According to a statement from the French Naval Group, this underlines the success of the Indian government's program: the submarine was almost entirely built at the Indian shipyard Mazagon Dock Limited with minimal external involvement.
In light of increasing competition with China, the Indian defense sector is seeking as much autonomy as possible. This applies not only to the Navy. Recall that in February it became known about the adoption of the Arjun Mk 1A tank, a deeply modernized version of the Arjun Mk 1, into service with the Indian army.