On 14 December 2017, in the presence of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, along with Defence Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Chief Minister of Maharasthra Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Lanba, CMD MDL Commodore Rakesh Anand (IN Retd) and several other dignitaries, the Indian Navy has just commissioned INS Kalvari.
This is the first P75 Scorpene-class submarine totally built by Indian shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) through years of technology transfer and partnership with Naval Group.
INS Kalvari is the first of six Indian submarines under indigenous construction and the first large and demanding ‘Made in India’ program. Naval Group is proud to contribute to the Indian sovereignty bring to it’s Navy, autonomy and technical regional superiority with underwater prowess.
The Kalvari class submarine is based on Scorpene class diesel-electric attack submarines designed by Naval Group and built by MDL. As a part of “Make in India” initiative, the Group has set up a sound defence industrial ecosystem for the indigenous content of the P75 submarines.
Therefore, a significant part of the high-tech equipment supplied by Naval Group, has been produced in India in the frame of indigenisation.
The commissioning of INS Kalvari marks the celebration of 50 Years (Golden Jubilee) of the Indian Navy’s Submarine Arm in 2017.
The Scorpene is a 2,000-ton conventional-propulsion submarine designed and developed by Naval Group for missions such as surface vessel warfare, anti-submarine warfare, long-range strikes, special operations or intelligence gathering.
Extremely stealthy and fast, it has a level of operating automation that allows a limited number of crew, which reduces its operating costs significantly. Its combat edge is highlighted by the fact that it has 6 weapon launching tubes, 18 weapons (torpedoes, missiles, mines).
With 14 submarines sold internationally by Naval Group, the Scorpene is an essential reference product in the area of conventional attack submarines (SSK) for Navies across the globe. The product is easily adapted for improvements requested by any naval customers.