On December 14, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kalvari submarine into the Indian Navy. The commissioning ceremony was held in Mumbai. Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba was also present at the commissioning ceremony.
Salient Features of INS Kalvari submarine:
INS Kalvari is the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines being built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL).
- Kalvari (in Malayalam), is tiger shark, a deadly predator found in tropical and temperate waters.
- The Scorpenes are diesel-electric attack submarines, being built by Mazagaon Dock Ltd under Project 75 with transfer of technology from a French naval defence and energy company,
- Weighing 1565-tonne, INS Kalvari has an overall length of 67.5 metre and a height of about 12.3 metres.
- INS Kalvari has state-of-the-art stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques and low radiated noise levels. Its design has been hydro-dynamically optimised to produce minimum underwater resistance. In terms of strike capability, it can be loaded with precision-guided weapons to launch a crippling attack on enemy targets.
- It was first put to sea on May 1, 2016. Since then, it has undergone comprehensive trials to validate its capability to float, move and fight.
About Project 75:
Under Project 75, Indian Navy intends to acquire six next generation diesel submarines with Air Independent Propulsion System (AIP) technology.
- This project was initiated in 2005 to replace older submarines.
- Total estimated cost for this project is Rs 23652 crore.
- INS Khanderi, the second submarine under this proejct will be commissioned by mid-2018 followed by commissioning of INS Karanj by early-2019. All the six submarines built under this project will be inducted into Indian Navy by 2020-2021.