Mazagon Dock delivers first Scorpene submarine to India

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Indian shipbuilder Mazagon Dockyards Limited has delivered the first Scorpene diesel-electric submarine to the Indian Navy.

Named Kalvari, the submarine is India’s first new-build conventional submarine in 20 years.

Designed by French company Naval Group, the class of six Scorpene submarines is being built by Mazagon Dockyards Limited under a transfer of technology agreement.

Kalvari was handed over to the Indian Navy after she completed all sensors and weapons trials. As part of the tests, the submarine also test-launched her Exocet SM39 anti-ship missile and torpedoes.

INS Kalvari was initially set to be commissioned into the Indian Navy in 2016 but delays in sea trials postponed the boat’s entry into service.

The second Kalvari-class submarine, INS Khanderi, was launched on January 12 this year and is currently conducting trials.

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