India’s first of the Scorpene class submarines, ‘Kalveri’(Tiger shark) went to the sea for trial for the first time on Sunday.
She sailed under her own propulsion, off the Mumbai coast and completed a number of preliminary tests.
During the next few months, the submarine will undergo sea trials, after which she would be commissioned into the Indian Navy as INS Kalvari later this year.
Kalvari’s commissioning will be a re-affirmation of India’s capability to build submarines and a major boost for the ‘Make in India’ scheme of the Centre.
She is part of the project for constructing six Scorpene class submarines, in partnership with DCNS of France.
Submarine was undocked on pontoon on April 6 last year in presence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's, underwent vacuum tests and battery loading at Naval Dockyard.
State-of-art features of Scorpene include superior stealth to launch attack on enemies with precision-guided weaponry, including tube-launched anti-ship missiles and torpedoes, both surface and underwater.
It has been built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited.