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Second Kalvari-class SSK (INS Khanderi) launched
May 30, 2017
The Indian Navy’s second DCNS Scorpene – i.e. Kalvari-class – diesel-electric submarine (SSK) was launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipyard

Second Kalvari-class SSK (INS Khanderi) launched

Mazagon Dock Shipyard launched the Indian Navy’s second Kalvari-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) for sea trials on Thursday, 12 January 2017.

As per the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), the first ship, INS Kalvari – which was launched in October 2015 – is being prepped for commissioning in the Indian Navy by mid-2017. The INS Khanderi is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2017.

India ordered the submarines as part of a USD $3 billion six ship deal with the French shipbuilder DCNS. The Kalvari-class – i.e. DCNS Scorpene – was sought to begin replacing the Navy’s legacy Kilo and Type-209 SSKs. The deal also included transfer-of-technology, enabling Mazagon Dock Shipyard Limited (MDL) to manufacture the Scorpene under license.

  • GhalibKabir

    if the DCNS leak is anything to go by, we in India got screwed on the ToT. The fleet augmentation is nice, but the indigenization of the domestic SSK program is not being helped by DCNS. This ‘Barracuda-Scorpene’ was supposed to spill-over to the SSN program. Apparently barring some components from SAGEM etc, actual help has been low.

    in the end whether it is the AIP or the submarines, India will have to go the Arihant route.

    Many pakistani readers might or might not know this, Russia refused high spec steel for Arihant and we made our own, ditto for our rocket artillery Pinaka and aircraft engines etc…So we in India tend to take these ‘benefactors’ with a grain of salt….

    At the end of the day, just like ISRO, even if you rely on older 190 nm technology for your rockets, it is only self reliance that helps.

    Pakistan is very very fortunate to have China giving it a formidable military.

    • Zill e Hussnain

      by the very last line of the comment, u r purposefuly asking for a strong response here

    • kash

      man…u r so obssessed with Pakistan its almost flattering

      • mazhar

        Kash, Ghalib is not flattering, he is realistic.

        • kash

          far from it…if u look deep enough u ll find that every Indian developed weapon also has some foreign technolgy in it…but Mr Galib here just goes on and on abt Pakistan n China, like a broken record, even when we are discussing indian submarine puchased from france!!
          he is obsessed!!

    • Syed Arbab Shah

      We have you to thank for all the benefits and generosity that we are receiving.

      Still NOT everything is available, partly as a result of funding and partly as a result of abiding and following the international norms/treaties.

    • Steve

      Of course nobody give away critical technology for free just because India’s PM goes and hugs them. The French are no fools and unimpressed but this ‘largest democracy’ mantra. But GK you should not be so ungrateful to Russia. They literally own India’s submarine and rocket technology, and if you are truthful you will admit that India would be nowhere without Russia in every possible weapons field you can think of since the 1960’s. Which aero engine India makes BTW that you mention? Is that the 20 year old failed project Kaveri which you are asking LM, Dassault etc for help with because you can’t build it. Throw some more trillion rupees at them it may work.

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