Indian Navy’s first of six Scorpene diesel-electric attack submarines, INS Kalvari, was set afloat today.
Held at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, this event marks the start of the vessel’s sea trials.
It is estimated that INS Kalvari will spend some 10 months conducting its trials after which it will join the Navy’s fleet in September 2016.
Built at Mazagon Dockyard Ltd (MDL) the vessel is 66 metres long and will be equipped with anti-submarine missiles, long-range guided torpedoes and modern sensor suits.
The remaining five submarines of the class are expected to join the Navy’s fleet by 2020.
Naval Today Staff, Image: Indian MoD