PM Modi dedicates scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari to nation

PM Modi dedicates scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari to nation

PM Modi dedicates scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari to nation

Mumbai: Marking an important milestone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday commissioned and dedicated to the nation the country's first indigenously-built Scorpene-class submarine "INS Kalvari" into the Indian Navy. "The prime minister landed at Mumbai at around 11 pm and proceeded to the Raj Bhavan where he will stay overnight", an official told PTI.

Also present on the occasion were Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, French Ambassador to India Alexandre Zeigler and Chief of Naval Staff Sunil Lanba, besides many others.

"This is a fine example of the fast growing strategic partnership between India and France", said PM Modi while dedicating the submarine to the nation.

Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, was handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), and commissioned into the Navy by the PM in Mumbai.

The 1,565-tonne submarine is 67.5 metres long and its height is 12.3 metres. The construction of INS Kalvari at the Mazgaon docks began in 2006.

The five separate sections of the submarine were welded together, called "Boot Together", on 30 July 2014. "INS Kalvari is the most potent platform to have been constructed in India, capable as it is of undertaking offensive operations spanning the entire spectrum of maritime warfare", said an officer.

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The second of the Scorpenes under construction at MDL, Khanderi, was launched in January 2017, and is now undergoing the rigorous phase of sea trials. She was decommissioned on 31 May 1996 after nearly 30 years of yeoman service to the nation.

Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the submarine is compared to favourably with the best in the world.

The hull form, the fin and the hydroplanes are specifically created to produce minimum underwater resistance. Its undersea warfare capability comprises a cluster of advanced weapons and sensors integrated into the Submarine Tactical Integrated Combat System (SUBTICS).

INS Kalvari can reach a speed of 20 knots, it has sea-skimming SM-39 Exocet missiles and heavy-weight wire-guided surface and is armed with underwater target torpedoes.

Kalvari's 360 battery cells (each weighing 750 kg) power the extremely silent Permanently Magnetised Propulsion Motor and its stealth is further enhanced through the mounting of equipment inside the pressure hull on shock absorbing cradles. The boat also has her two 1250 kW MAN diesel engines for rapidly charging batteries. The third depicts Kalvari a Tiger Shark in Malayalam, which symbolises agility, strength and predatory prowess.

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