‘Old torpedoes’ are used in the new Navy’s new Kalvari submarine due to long delays in purchasing heavyweight ammunition from ‘scam-spoiled’ Italian manufacturers
- India dedicated its first modern conventional submarine, INS Kalvari, to the Navy on Thursday
- Due to a lack of new heavyweight torpedoes, the Navy had to pull weapons from another submarine line
- Heavyweight torpedoes at Kalvari are deployed on nuclear submarine fleets
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After a delay of about five years, India dedicated its first modern conventional submarine, INS Kalvari, to the Navy on Thursday, the first in nearly two decades.
The submarine, due to be inaugurated earlier this year, had to wait another six to seven months for commissioning, as senior government officials insisted that the platform be ready for operational deployment with its weapons at the time of the Prime Minister’s order.
Because of this, the Navy borrowed the torpedoes from a different class of submarines and fired them about three months ago to prove that the platform was ready for operational deployment, sources said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) walks on the INS Kalvari Scorpene-class submarine after hiring it with the Indian Navy at the Mumbai shipyard
The Navy has experienced significant delays in purchasing heavyweight torpedoes for the Scorpenes, which will be known as the Kalvari class, due to the cancellation of a tender to purchase the weapons from the scam-infested Finmeccanica group of Italy which is now called Leonardo.
Sources said the lack of new heavyweight torpedoes required the Navy to take weapons from a different line of submarines and integrate them with the state-of-the-art Kalvari.
“The integration of the torpedoes is still ongoing, but the main weapon for Kalvari would only be the new heavyweight torpedo, which will see multi-vendor competition in the near future,” said a source.
The heavyweight torpedoes for Kalvari would also be deployed on the Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet, including the Arihant class submarines.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who put it into service in Mumbai, praised the Navy’s efforts for its role from disaster management to piracy.
“Whether it is maritime terrorism, piracy, drug trafficking or illegal fishing, India plays an important role in combating it,” he said. “I call it SAGAR – security and growth for everyone in the region.”
Union Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at the meeting, “Peace in the Indian Ocean, the lifeblood of world trade, is better off with INS Kalvari.”
Kalvari is the first of six Scorpene-class submarines to be transferred to the Navy by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). These were designed by the French and are built by MDL in Mumbai as part of the Navy’s Project-75.
Kalvari was to be followed by five more submarines spaced nine months apart.