PM Modi Commissions First Made-In-India Scorpene Class Submarine INS Kalvari Into The Navy

| December 14 , 2017 , 10:01 IST

In a significant boost to the Indian Navy's submarine capabilities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday commissioned the first made-in-India Scorpene class submarine INS Kalvari into the Navy.

At the commissioning ceremony, PM Modi dedicated INS Kalvari to the nation.

"After almost 20 years, India is getting such a submarine; it is a privilege for me to dedicate INS Kalvari to the country," the PM said.

"I call this by a special name 'S. A. G. A. R' meaning security and growth for all in the region," he said.

"Be it terrorism via sea, piracy, drug smuggling or illegal fishing, India is playing an important role in combating them," said PM Modi.

As per Project-75 of the Indian Navy, 6 Scorpene submarines are to be built by the Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai, out of which the first INS Kalvari was commissioned on Thursday, and the remaining 5 are expected to be delivered to the Navy by 2020.

Currently, India has only 15 submarines, which are a mix of Russian-origin Kilo class vessels and German HDW submarines, while neighbouring China has 4 times as many.

At the commissioning ceremony of the INS Kalvari in Mumbai, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted the importance of submarines to the Navy.

"Submarines are lethal, potent & cutting edge platforms in modern day warfare. Yet they are most essential for peace & deterrence for our nation. Therefore, INS Kalvari & follow ons will be invaluable assets to the Indian Navy" said Sitharaman.

INS Kalvari, construction of which began in December 2006, is considered to be the most modern non-nuclear submarine in the Navy, powered by an extremely silent diesel-electric motor, making it difficult to be detected underwater.

With an overall length of 67.5 metres and a height of 12.3 metres, the INS Kalvari is armed with heavy weight torpedoes and Exocet anti-ship missiles and can launch torpedoes while submerged or on the surface.

The second Scorpene submarine INS Khanderi, is currently undergoing trials and is expected to be inducted soon.

The very first Indian Navy submarine was also named 'Kalvari' which means Tiger Shark in Malayalam and had been commissioned in 1967. The very first INS Kalvari was decommissioned in May 1996.