The first of the Scorpene class submarine Kalvari will start its trial this year, Vice Chief of Naval Staff P Murugesan said in New Delhi yesterday. “Some time his year, the trial will start. Being the first of her class, trials will go on for long; it can be close to a year,” Vice Admiral Murugesan said at a press conference on the theme ‘roadmap for a future-ready naval force’. Being built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. in Mumbai, the submarine was set afloat in the sea for the first time in October last year. It is first of the stealth submarines being built under Project 75, in collaboration with DCNS, France. View more at #Hindustan360 .
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The boat would be equipped with anti-ship missiles and long range guided torpedoes along with modern sensor suite. The Vice Admiral also called for industrial support for in-degenising the three components of shipbuilding 1. Float, 2. Move and 3. Fight – to 90 per cent. While India is doing well in terms of the cost of ship building and its quality, the time factor needs to be controlled, said Mr Murugesan. “A warship in any country shows its industrial capability. Today we can produce destroyers and frigates no less than any other destroyer and frigate, and it is much cheaper,” he said. “Timeline is where we need to make change.” he said.
Vice Admiral Murugesan said the contracts for building Visakhapatnam class (Project 15B) stealth guided missile destroyers and Shivalik-class frigate (Project 17A) have components for outsourcing indigenously to promote Make in India. In Project 15B, this outsourcing has to be 17 per cent, and in Project 17A it will be 46 per cent. Decision on outsourcing will be taken by the shipyard, he added.
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New India submarine enters water. The first Scorpene submarine built at a shipyard in India’s western city of Mumbai for the Indian navy has been lowered into the water for sea trials. The vehicle is one of the six French-designed diesel-powered submarines being built at the dockyard. India is also building a new class of nuclear-powered boats intended to carry nuclear-armed ballistic missiles. India’s naval build-up has been gaining pace in recent years.
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INS Kalvari (S50). She was laid down for construction on 1 April 2009. On 6 April 2015, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar launched the indigenously-built Scorpène submarine at the Mazagaon Dockyard. Fitting-out of the submarine began on 27 April. Kalvari commenced her sea trials on 30 October 2015; weapons trials are scheduled for June 2016. She will be inducted into the Indian Navy fleet by September 2016.
INS Kalvari (S50). The submarine has length of 61.7 m (202 ft), beam of 6.2 m (20 ft), Draught of 5.4 m (18 ft) and draft of 5.8 m (19 ft). It can displace 1,565 tonnes (1,725 short tons) of water.The submarines move with the speed of 20knots when submerged and 12knots when on surface. It has range of 6,500 nmi (12,000 km) at a speed of 8 knots (surfaced) and 550 nmi (1,020 km) at 5 knots (submerged). It has endurance of 40 days compact and 50 days normal.
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