For the first time in 22 years, India’s first ingenuously built INS Kalavari submarine has been handed over to the Indian Navy
INS Kalavari, a diesel-electric attack submarine, is a Scorpene-class submarine and is the first of the six submarines being built in India under Project-75 by Mazagon Docks Limited with a technology transfer from France’s DCNS
Kalavari, which is named after the tiger shark, is a stealth submarine and is difficult to be detected by the enemy. It weighs 1,550 tonnes and is equipped with six 533-millimeter torpedo tubes for launching anti-ship torpedoes, anti-ship missiles, and sea mines.
INS Kalavari’s induction will be a landmark milestone in India’s bid to build its underwater warfare capabilities with an eye on China and Pakistan,
DCNS was awarded the $4.16 billion contract to build the submarines in cooperation with Mazagon Docks Limited in 2005.
The second Scorpene submarine INS Khanderi was launched in January 2017 after the ghost of a data leak which threatened to derail the project in August 2016.