Ingeniously made INS Kalvari Scorpene class submarine was inducted into Indian Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday at Mumbai. It is a silent diesel electric attack submarine that has been designed by French naval defence company DCNS. Here is all you need to know about the Kalvari:
INS Kalvari has been named after the name of deep-sea tiger shark. It has speed of 20 knots with SM-39 Exocet missiles and heavy-weight torpedoes. The height and length of Kalvari submarine is 12.3 metres and 67.5 metres respectively whereas it weights 1,565-tonne.
The submarine has been fitted with infrared or low level cameras and laser range finders to track and locate enemy targets on sea surface. The Tactical Integrated Combat System (SUBTICS) fitted is capable of collecting information from on board sonars and processing it. This features will be used to detect hidden targets and enemies.
INS Kalvari can carry out various types of missiles such as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, laying mine, gathering intelligence and surveillance of areas.
It is the first conventional submarine that has been commissioned in Indian Navy after 17 years of gap. This is the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines to be built under the project ‘Project-75‘ and costed Rs 23,652. Rest of the five submarines to be build under Project-75 will be delivered to Indian Navy by 2020.