DE­LIV­ERY OF FIRST SCOR­PENE SUB­MA­RINE BY MDL

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His­tory was writ­ten at Mazagon Dock Ship­builders Ltd (MDL) on Septem­ber 21, 2017, with the de­liv­ery of the first Scor­pene sub­ma­rine, Kal­vari, to the In­dian Navy. This his­toric event reaf­firms the gi­ant strides taken by MDL in the on­go­ing Ô Make In In­diaÕ pro­gramme, which is be­ing ac­tively im­ple­mented by the Depart­ment of De­fence Pro­duc­tion (MoD).

The con­tract for the con­struc­tion and Trans­fer-of-Tech­nol­ogy for six Scor­pene sub­marines in se­ries, with M/s DCNS of France as ÔCol­lab­o­ra­torÕ and MDL as ‘Builder’, was signed in Oc­to­ber 2005. The state-of-art tech­nol­ogy utilised in the Scor­pene has en­sured su­pe­rior stealth fea­tures such as ad­vanced acous­tic si­lenc­ing tech­niques, low ra­di­ated noise lev­els, hy­dro-dy­nam­i­cally op­ti­mised shape and the abil­ity to launch a crip­pling at­tack on the en­emy us­ing pre­ci­sion guided weapons. The at­tack can be launched with both tor­pe­does and tube launched anti-ship mis­siles, whilst un­der­wa­ter or on sur­face. Scor­pene sub­marines can un­der­take mul­ti­far­i­ous types of mis­sions i.e Anti-Sur­face war­fare, Anti-Sub­ma­rine war­fare, In­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing, Mine Lay­ing, Area Sur­veil­lance etc. The Sub­ma­rine is de­signed to op­er­ate in all the­atres, with means pro­vided to en­sure in­ter­op­er­abil­ity with other com­po­nents of a Naval Task Force. It is a po­tent plat­form, mark­ing a gen­er­a­tional shift in sub­ma­rine op­er­a­tions. The sec­ond of the Scor­penes un­der con­struc­tion at MDL, Khan­deri, was launched in Jan­uary 2017, and is cur­rently un­der­go­ing the rig­or­ous phase of sea tri­als. The third Scor­pene, Karanj, is be­ing read­ied for launch later this year. The bal­ance sub­marines are in var­i­ous stages of out­fit­ting.

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