Mumbai: INS Kalvari, the first made-in-India Scorpene class submarine, will be commissioned into the Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
INS Kalvari (S50) is the first of the Indian Navy’s six Kalvari-class submarines being built in India. It is a diesel-electric attack submarine which is designed by DCNS (French naval defence and energy company) and being manufactured at Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
Representing a significant success for the “Make in India” initiative, it is the first of six such submarines that will be inducted into the Indian Navy. A diesel-electric attack submarine, the INS Kalvari has been built for the Indian Navy by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited.
The remaining five boats of the Project 75 would be delivered by the yard to the Navy by 2020. India has just about 15 submarines, a mix of Russian-origin Kilo class vessels and German HDW submarines. China has four times as many.
Along with Prime Minister Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, important dignitaries of Maharashtra Government, and senior Naval Officers will be present for the event.
Kalvari has a superior stealth technology compared to previous diesel-electric submarines. She can also launch attacks through precision guided weapons including torpedoes or tube launched anti-ship missiles. Other activities include mine laying, area surveillance, anti-submarine warfare and intelligence gathering.
The PM will unveil its plaque at the commissioning ceremony on Thursday. He will undertake a visit of the submarine and will also address the gathering. This will be preceded by reading out the commissioning warrant, hoisting of colours and breaking of commissioning pennant with national anthem.
Kalvari has gone through 120 days of extensive sea trials. The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy.
“The technology utilised in the Scorpene has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons,” an official of the MDL said.