Modi commissions' INS Kalvari, a deadly, deep sea predator submarine

Frederick Owens
December 15, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today commissioned Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines.

Modi was received at the Naval Dockyard by Navy Chief Sunil Lanba and presented a 100-man Guard of Honour.

"India's humanitarian approach to diplomacy and national security is something that makes us special in the world".

Commissioning of INS Kalvari, designed by France, into Indian Navy also strengthens India-France defence ties, PM Modi said. This is a fine example of the fast growing strategic partnership between India and France. "So, a safe and secure India is good not just for this country but for entire humanity".

"Be it terrorism via sea, piracy, drug smuggling or illegal fishing, India is playing an important role in combating them", said PM Modi. She emphasized the need to avoid episodic starts and stops in the industry and maintain a pool of skills needed to build high technology platforms within the country, sustenance of which would lead to a virtuous cycle of betterment for Indian industry, retention of skills and better peace dividends to the nation.

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INS Kalvari can reach a speed of 20 knots, it has sea-skimming SM-39 Exocet missiles and heavy-weight wire-guided surface and is armed with underwater target torpedoes.

The 1,565-tonne submarine is 67.5 metres long and its height is 12.3 metres. Unlike other conventional submarines, its stealth features make it a "silent operator".

INS Kalvari, construction of which began in December 2006, is considered to be the most modern non-nuclear submarine in the Navy, powered by an extremely silent diesel-electric motor, making it hard to be detected underwater. The hull form, fin and hydroplanes are specifically created to produce minimum underwater resistance.

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, and top defence officials also attended the event.

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