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PM Modi Commissions Scorpene Class Submarine INS Kalvari

INS Kalvari
The ship is named after tiger shark in Malayalam symbolizing agility, strength and predatory power.
INS Kalvari
The ship is named after tiger shark in Malayalam symbolizing agility, strength and predatory power.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today commissioned the INS Kalvari submarine saying it will add more strength to the Indian Navy.

“We are beginning a new journey with commissioning of INS Kalvari. May sea gods keep you strong and safe,” said the PM.

The ship is named after tiger shark in Malayalam symbolizing agility, strength and predatory power.

As the PM dedicated it to the nation, he also spoke at length about India’s security, but also about stability in the region and India’s global responsibilities.

INS Kalvari
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi commissioning the Naval Submarine INS Kalvari into the Indian Navy, in Mumbai on December 14, 2017. The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao, the Union Minister for Defence, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, the Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre and the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba are also seen.

The submarine will play a crucial role in India’s security and indeed in stability for the region and the world at large, said the PM.

Congratulating the people of India on this occasion, the Prime Minister described INS Kalvari as a prime example of “Make in India.” He described the submarine as an excellent illustration of the fast growing strategic partnership between India and France.

“The 21st century is described as Asia’s century and the road to development in the 21st century goes through the Indian Ocean. That is why the Indian Ocean has a special place in the policies of the Government,” he added.

INS Kalvari

The Prime Minister said this vision can be understood through the acronym SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region.

Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, was handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), and commissioned into the Navy by the PM in Mumbai.

The submarine boasts superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimized shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision-guided weapons.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, and top defense officials attended the commissioning ceremony.

The new 1,565-tonne submarine is to be followed by five Scorpene submarines under the Rs 23,652 crore “Project-75” underway at Mazagon Docks in collaboration with France.

First put to sea on May 1, 2016, Kalvari has since undergone a comprehensive trial schedule to validate her capability to float, move and fight.

The submarine has an overall length of 67.5 metre and a height of about 12.3 metres. The hull form, fin and hydroplanes are specifically designed to produce minimum underwater resistance.

Kalvari-class is capable of offensive operations across the entire spectrum of naval warfare.

It is equipped with WLT/Weapons Launching tubes and these can carry weapons on board which can effectively be reloaded at sea. It is also equipped with 6 x 533-mm torpedo tubes for 18 heavy weight wire guided Surface and Underwater Target (SUT) torpedoes or SM.39 Exocet Anti-ship missiles and 30 mines in place of torpedoes. The class is also fitted with mobile C303/S anti-torpedo decoys for self defence. The weapon systems and sensors are integrated with Submarine Tactical Integrated Combat System (SUBTICS). It has a sonar system is capable of Low Frequency Analysis and Ranging (LOFAR) enabling long rage detection and classification.

In 2005, India chose the Scorpène design and authorized a deal to purchase six submarines for US$3 billion ($500 million per boat) under Project 75 (P75). The project was necessitated by the dwindling number of submarines in the Indian Navy. Indian Navy needed replacement for the older Sindhughosh (Kilo) and Shishumar (U209) class of submarines.