On the 1st of May this year, the Indian Navy’s Kalvari Submarine set sail from Mumbai’s port for sea trails.
The Kalvari class of submarines is being built in collaboration with the French. The state-of-the-art submarine is being designed by the French naval and defence energy company DCNS, and is being manufactured indigenously in Mumbai by Mazagon Dock Limited.
The Kalvari is the first of six Scorpene-class submarines that will soon be commissioned into the Indian Navy.
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The sea trials will include a number of tests, including tests on the propulsion system, navigation aids, communication equipment, auxiliary equipment and systems and steering gear.
As The Indian Express reports, the Kalvari will be equipped with torpedoes and tube-launched anti-ship missiles that can function both underwater as well as on the surface making the submarine the perfect attack vehicle.
Anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, area surveillance, mine laying and intelligence gathering will be possible with the Kalvari, which has been designed to operate in all areas.
Kalvari is expected to enter service by the end of September while the remaining submarines will be rolled out every nine months.