MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Mumbai today (i.e. Thursday), inaugurated INS Kalvari at Gateway of India.
INS Kalvari is a diesel-electric attack submarine that has been built for the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. “It is the first of six such submarines that will be inducted into the Indian Navy, and represents a significant success for Make In India,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted after the inauguration. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was also present.
In her speech, the defence minister said that the Indian Ocean, a lifeline of global trade, was better off with INS Kalvari
The Indian Navy, too, shared some images, calling the submarine a ‘deadly predator’.
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“This is a fine example of the fast growing strategic partnership between India and France,” the Prime Minister said in his speech during the inauguration of the submarine, adding that he had also christened it SAGAR i.e. Security and Growth for All in the Region.
Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy. The submarines have been designed by a French firm.
The remaining five boats of the Project 75 would be delivered by the yard to the Navy by 2020. India has just 15 submarines, a mix of Russian-origin Kilo class vessels and German HDW submarines..
The name “Kalvari” translates to “Tiger Shark.” The new boat was built under the “Project 75” initiative to help bring more indigenous military building programs to India.
Kalvari can carry 18 torpedoes and travel 1,020 km underwater. The 66-metre submarine can dive up to a depth of 300 metres to elude enemy detection.
This Scorpene submarine is designed to operate in all theatres of war, including the tropics.