INS Kalvari, the first of six Scorpene-class submarines to strengthen the navy’s defence capabilities, will be commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.
The PM will come to the city and stay at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday. After commissioning the new submarine at the Naval Dockyard the next day, he is expected to take achopper back to the airport. Sources said the submarine, which was built at the Mazgaon Dockyard Limited, has finished most of the trials.
MDLis constructing five more Scorpene-class vessels for the navy which would be delivered by 2020. Kalvari boasts of state-of-the-art features such as superior stealth and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons. The attack can be launched with torpedoes, and as tube launched anti-ship missiles, while it is underwater or on surface. According to Indian Navy, Scorpene Submarine is designed to operate in all theatres including the Tropics.
This year, on March 2, Indian Navy successfully conducted the maiden firing of an Anti-Ship missile from the first of the indigenously built Kalvari class submarines, during a test firing in the Arabian Sea. The missile successfully hit a surface target at extended ranges during the trial firing. This missile launch was considered significant for enhancing the Indian Navy’s sub-surface warfare capability. All six Kalvari class submarines will be equipped with this anti-ship missile, which has a proven record in combat and will provide the submarines the ability to neutralise surface threats at extended ranges.
source – Mumbai Mirror