Recently it was the time to rejoice in the Indian Army, when its first French-designed conventional, diesel-electric submarine in over 15 years, the KALVARI, finally hit the sea. The KALVARI finally made its way to the sea from Mumbai on Sunday (1st May, 2016).
The KALVARI is a part of one ‘Project 75’ wherein a total of six submarines are to be supplied to India. Project 75 consists of six submarines but the one that comes first among the six will face the most gruelling tests. The Project 75 costs a whopping $3.5 billion. It is 67 metres in length, 6.2 metres wide and weighs a considerable 1,550 tonnes. The beast can fire torpedoes and tube-launched anti-launch missiles both from underwater and from the surface.
From diving to navigating and carrying out manoeuvres, the readiness of the platform for all sorts of eventualities was tested. The boat has capabilities in terms of her listening using sensors as well as carrying out firing of her missiles and torpedoes.
With the KALVARI now at sea, five submarines are scheduled to be delivered at a gap of nine months each. By 2020, all submarines of ‘Project 75’ are scheduled for the delivery.