Mumbai: On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he will commission India-built INS Kalvari on Thursday, into the navy at Mumbai. PM Modi has commissioned the iconic submarine into the Indian Navy today. He thanked the Mazagon Dock for their contribution in the Indian Defence system. It would be the first conventional submarine to join the fleet in 17 years and will be serving for at least 30 years, as per the government announcement.
The Indian Navy commissioned INS Sindhushastra in July 2000 but the Kilo class submarine was imported from Russia.
The Kalvari has been commissioned into the Indian fleet after a five-year delay.
It is one of the first of six Scorpene class submarines being built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai, with French help under a ~23,562-crore programme called Project-75. Whereas, the remaining five submarines will be inducted by 2020. The second Scorpene class submarine ‘Khanderi’ is under trials and will be commissioned soon.
7 things about INS Kalvari you should know:
1. As per the announcement that has flourished, the Kalvari will be commissioned a week after the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the navy’s underwater arm. The new Kalvari is a diesel-electric attack boat, named after the first of the eight Foxtrot class submarines commissioned into the navy on December 8, 1967. As revealed by the navy spokesperson that the commanding officer of the old Kalvari, Commodore KS Subra-maniam (retd), will be attending the commissioning ceremony.
2. There’s an old tradition and way of marking respect in the navy to name new ships after their well-known predecessors. Hence, the old Kalvari, named after the Tiger Shark, served the navy for almost three decades before it got retired in 1996.
3. According to the government spokesperson, the project-75 represents a significant success for the “Make in India” initiative. He further added that the PM would undertake a visit of the Kalvari after dedicating the submarine to the country at the Naval Dockyard.
4. The navy was indeed planning to equip the Scorpene class boats with Black Shark torpedoes from Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei (WASS), which is a subsidiary of Italian defence conglomerate Finmeccanica (now Leonardo).
5. With the ban of Finmeccanica by India from taking part in future military tenders in 2014, after its UK-based subsidiary AgustaWestland faced bribery allegations in the Rs 3,727-crore VVIP chopper deal.
6. The average time consumed is five years, building a modern conventional submarine is a complex job. But the Navy data showed it took more than 2.5 million man hours to assemble a submarine, involves half a million assembly parts, more than 1,600 suppliers and 108 systems.
7. Reportedly a document, holding the detailings of the combat capabilities of the Scorpene class submarines, had got leaked last year. According to the Australian newspaper, published in August 2016 stated that this leak could prove an intelligence bonanza for India’s rivals such as Pakistan or China. However, after conducting a detailed probe, the navy concluded that the data leak did not compromise the Indian programme by no means.