In­dian Navy gets the first Scor­pene sub­ma­rine, Kal­vari


His­tory was writ­ten at 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 Mazagon Dock Ship­builders Ltd (MDL) in the on­go­ing ‘Make In In­dia’ pro­gramme, which is be­ing ac­tively im­ple­mented by the Depart­ment of De­fence Pro­duc­tion, MoD. Com­ing in the 50th year of In­dian sub­ma­rine op­er­a­tions (which is be­ing cel­e­brated as the Golden Ju­bilee of the Sub­ma­rine Arm), the oc­ca­sion has that ex­tra spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance. Post de­liv­ery, the sub­ma­rine would soon be com­mis­sioned into the In­dian Navy.

The con­tract for the con­struc­tion and trans­fer-of-tech­nol­ogy for six Scor­pene sub­marines in se­ries, with DCNS of France as ‘Col­lab­o­ra­tor’ and MDL as ‘Builder’, was signed in Oc­to­ber 2005.

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.

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