The scorpene class submarines are being built under a technology transfer from French company DCNS.
New Delhi/Mumbai: Sea trials for the INS Kalavri, the first of six French-designed Scorpene submarines being manufactured in Mumbai, began today. The sub was separated from the pontoon yesterday and set afloat in the Arabian Sea. .
Here is your 10-point cheatsheet on the Kalvari:
The diesel-electric submarine weighs 1550 tonnes, is 6.2 meters in diameter and 67 metres long.
India's Navy currently has 13 ageing diesel-electric submarines, only half of which are operational at any given time due to refits.
To replace a nearly 30-year-old fleet hit by a run of accidents, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has ordered an accelerated tendering process to build six conventional diesel-electric submarines at an estimated cost of Rs. 50,000 crore ($8.1 billion), in addition to the Scorpenes.
The country's first indigenously built nuclear submarine, INS Arihant joins the fleet late next year.