Indian Navy's first Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari test fires torpedo
The Indian Navy's newest Scorpene-class submarine, INS Kalvari, has successfully carried out the test-firing of its underwater torpedo missile for the first time.
The torpedo's test firing has been undertaken by the navy as part of the vessel’s ongoing sea trials.
Indian Defence Ministry sources noted that the trial was the last major evaluation required before the submarine is able to be delivered to the Indian Navy, reported Indo Asian News Service.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted: “Congratulations to our scientists, engineers on successfully test firing torpedo from the first indigenously built Scorpene-class submarine.
“This indigenously built stealth submarine will soon add potent underwater capability to the Indian Navy.”
The Kalvari is the first Scorpene-class submarine to be developed entirely in India, and is currently undergoing construction at Mazagaon Docks Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai.
MDL will construct a total of six Scorpene-class submarines for the Indian Navy in collaboration with French company DCNS as part of an initiative known as Project 75.
INS Kalvari commenced its sea trials in May last year and was launched in October 2015. It is expected to be commissioned in the middle of this year.
The submarine test fired an anti-ship missile for the first time in the Arabian Sea on 2 March.
The second submarine, Khanderi, was also launched on 12 January, and the remaining four are currently under construction with delivery expected by 2020.
Image: Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari. Photo: courtesy of Indian Navy.