INS Kalvari, which translates to ‘a deep-sea tiger shark’, is the first made-in-India Scorpene Class Submarine.
Built by Magazon Docks Limited, a Ministry of Defence-owned shipyard, INS Kalvari is India’s first submarine in 17 years.
INS Kalvari’s commissioning is considered a big boost to PM Modi’s Make in India mission.
INS Kalvari, India’s deadliest Scorpene class submarine, joined the Navy today.
“It is the best example of Make-In-India,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after commissioning the submarine in Mumbai.
Six Scorpene-submarines are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited as a part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy. The remaining five boats of the Project 75 will 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.
Here’s all you need to about India’s new ‘shark’:
INS Kalvari is powered by a diesel-electric motor and is said to be so silent that it might be difficult to detect it underwater.
INS Kalvari’s overall length is 67.5 meters and its height is 12.3 meters.
Kalvari was designed by DCNS (French naval Defence and Energy Company) in collaboration with Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
INS Kalvari is named Kalvari, a tiger shark in Malayalam symbolizing agility, strength and predatory power. Kalvari’s motto is “Ever Onward”, which shows Kalvari’s spirit.
It is the first of six Scorpene submarines to join the Indian Navy.
Kalvari is the first Indian Naval vessel to be built using a modular approach and is said to be the quieter than most submarines.
Kalvari has infrared and low light camera and range finder to spot targets present on the surface of the ocean.
INS Kalvari also has an attack and search periscope.
INS Kalvari is the first submarine to join Indian Navy in 17 years.
INS Kalvari will have anti-ship missiles and long-range guided torpedoes and modern sensor suite.