Kalvari, the first of the Scorpene class submarines has been delivered to the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) on September 21. The new submarine is soon likely to be commissioned into the Indian Navy. Moreover, two other submarines of Scorpene class, Karanj and Khanderi are undergoing the process of development and trials. All these developments could be described as a possible preparation and a significant step towards modernizing India’s ageing submarine fleet. The neighbouring nation China is gradually increasing its naval strength and trying to make a foray into the regions of Indian Ocean.
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) had issued a statement revealing “History was written at MDL on September 21, 2017, with the delivery of the first Scorpene submarine, Kalvari, to the Indian Navy. Post delivery, the submarine would soon be commissioned into the navy.” The term delivery is indicating that all the trials had been completed and Indian Navy has agreed to accept the boat. The event of commissioning takes place when it officially makes it a part of the Navy’s fleet. Previously ET had revealed that Kalvari’s would be delivered by mid-September. Kalvari has been named after the dreaded Tiger Shark, which is equipped with state of the art technology, including superior stealth features like advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low noise and the capability of launching a crippling attack using accuracy guided weapons.
The officials from Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited have explained along with the delivery of Kalvari, they also have mastered the art of building advanced submarines. They also revealed that another from Scorpenes had remained under construction at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited and Khanderi was undergoing through the phase of sea trials. It had been first launched in January 2017.