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First Scorpene Submarines (Kalvari) Undocked
Apr 11, 2015

Kalvari, first of the Indian Navy’s Scorpene class stealth submarines being built under the Project 75, under collaboration with M/s DCNS, France, undocked at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). The project 75 which has already seen a delay of almost 40 months has now been brought on track and the delivery schedule for the successive submarines have been reduced.

  • As far as P75(I) Project is concerned, private players can also be invited for joint venture which would help early fruition of the project.

  • If the project is not completed in the stipulated time, the defaulting yard would have to pay penalty but an early completion would be rewarded with a bonus.

  • With a name steeped in the long and glorious tradition of its illustrious predecessor, an erstwhile Russian Foxtrot class submarine, Kalvari, upon its scheduled commissioning in 2016, would lend an enormous fillip to the Indian Navy’s underwater capability. 

  • The remaining five submarines of the Project 75 would be delivered by the yard to the Navy by 2020 and would form the core of the Navy’s submarine arm for the next two decades. 

  • The Scorpene submarines would pack a potent punch. It would be equipped with anti-ship missiles and long range guided torpedoes along with modern sensor suite. 

  • After having delivered two Shishumar class submarines in the early 1990s, the event further highlights MDL’s position as the premier submarine building yard for the Indian Navy. 

  • From a small dry dock built to service ships of the East India Company, MDL today is at the forefront of warship construction with the P15B class destroyers and P17A class stealth frigates being the latest. 

  • As the exclusive public sector shipyard manufacturing submarines in the country, Project 75 marks a critical milestone in the Yard’s continued relevance as a defence public sector undertaking constructing submarines.


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