India’s First Conventional Submarine, The Kalvari, Goes To Sea For The First Time In 15 Years

It’s a time to rejoice in the Indian Army.
It’s first French-designed conventional,
diesel-electric submarine in more than
15 years, the Kalvari, will finally hit the
sea. Credible sources associated with
the project, that has been code named
Project 75, has confirmed the same
according to India Today. It is also
confirmed that the Kalvari’s Harbour
Acceptance Trials (HATs) are pretty
much complete, and she has been
readied for ‘Sea Trials’, post which, she
will become a part of the fleet.

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“The process will play out over a period
of 5-6 months, after which comes the
commissioning” a source was quoted
saying. The test was supposed to have
been done over the weekend but had to
be rescheduled due to “minor, logistical
reasons”.
HATs are done to check the nitty-gritties
of the submarines. From diving to
navigating and carrying out maneuvers,
all possibilities are tested. The Kalvari
will also have to prove how capable it is
as far as carrying missiles and
torpedoes are concerned.

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The Kalvari joined the Navy in 2012 but
is finally set for commissioning in
September this year. Project 75 consists
of six submarines but the one that
comes first among the six will face the
most gruelling tests. Project 75 costs a
whopping $3.5 billion.
The Kalvari is 67 metres in length, is 6.2
metres wide and weighs a considerable
1550 tonnes. The beast can fire
torpedoes and tube-launched anti-
launch missiles both from underwater or
from the surface. But what’s worrying is
the time delay, since the average age of
an Indian submarine still remains 25
years, which isn’t very impressive
keeping in mind the technological
advancements India has made.
H/t: India Today

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