Indian Navy successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile for the first time from an indigenously built INS Kalvari submarine.
During a test firing in the Arabian Sea, the missile successfully hit a surface target at extended ranges. This launch is considered as significant milestone of Indian Navy in enhancing its “sub-surface” warfare prowess.
- INS Kalvari is the first of India’s six Scorpene-class submarines which are being built under the Project 75.
- It has been designed by France’s DCNS and was manufactured at state-owned Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
- The anti-ship missiles will provide the Kalvari class submarines ability to neutralize surface threats at extended ranges.
About six Scorpene-class submarines
- The diesel powered Kalvari (Scorpene) class submarines have superior stealth. They use guided weapons such as tube-launched anti-ship missiles and torpedoes on enemy submarines from the surface or underwater.
- Besides warfare, they can perform varied functions will include intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance etc.
- The second Kalvari class submarine INS Khanderi was launched in Mumbai in January 2017. The other four submarines are expected to be launched at nine-month intervals.