Claimed to be the ‘deadliest’ Submarine of Indian Navy, the INS Kalavari was commissioned today, as India’s first modern conventional submarine into the navy fleet. PM Modi inducted the Scorpène-class submarine into the Indian Navy from Mumbai today morning.
INS Kalvari, commissioned today, is named after the first Foxtort-class submarine, Ins Kalvari was inducted into the Navy on December 8, 1967. The Scorpène-class submarine is the first of six Scorpène submarines to be built by the Mazagaon Dockyard Ltd in Mumbai, under Project 75 with transfer of technology from a foreign collaborator – DCNS of France. The INS Kalvari will be the first conventional submarine to join the naval fleet in 17 years. The submarine should have been inducted into the navy more than five years ago but problems relating to transfer of technology led to missed deadlines in the Rs 23,562-crore Project 75 programme.
Known as the deadliest submarines in Indian Navy, the submarine features of the Scorpène include superior stealth and ability to launch crippling attacks with precision-guided weapons. The attacks can be carried out with torpedoes both while submerged or on the surface – in all war theatres including the tropics, giving it an unmatched invulnerability. The induction of INS Kalvari would be a significant milestone in the navy’s submarine-building programme but the country needs to push harder to meet the target of building 24 submarines by 2030. But before that, the Navy hopes to induct the remaining five diesel-electric attack boats by 2020.
Flagged off today, INS Kalavri and other Scorpène submarines are expected to become the mainstay of the Indian fleet, replacing the ageing Russian Kilo-class and German HDW vessels that are almost three decades old. The second Scorpène submarine, INS Khanderi, is currently undergoing trials and is likely to be inducted into the Navy soon. At the induction event of INS Kalvari, PM Modi was accompanied by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command.