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Make in India Scorpene Submarine INS Kalvari Ready for Indian Navy

With 30% indigenous components, INS Kalvari is one of the six Scorpene-class submarines that will be built at Mazagaon Docks.

Mazagon Docks Ltd; (MDL) will soon hand over INS Kalvari to the Indian Navy—the first of six Scorpene submarines being built in India in collaboration with French shipbuilder, Naval Group (formerly DCNS). Though the dates are not confirmed yet, the first Scorpene submarine is likely to be commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi—it will be a re-affirmation of India’s capability to build submarines and a major boost for the ‘Make in India’ programme of the government.

Known as Project 75, in 2005 the Indian government awarded a contract to the French DCNS to build six Franco-Spanish Scorpene-class diesel attack submarines (with an option to build six more) on transfer of technology. Once the stealthiest diesel-electric attack submarine is in service, it will take the number of submarines in the Indian Navy to 14; the navy requires at least 26 submarines to effectively monitor the Indian Ocean region.

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