Indian Navy successfully test-fires missile from indigenous submarine

The navy successfully fired an anti-ship missile for the first time from the indigenously built Kalvari-class submarine, during test-firing in the Arabian Sea on Thursday morning.

“The missile successfully hit a surface target at an extended range during the trial firing… This missile launch is a significant milestone, not only for the Kalvari (Tiger Shark), which is the first in a series of Scorpene class submarines being built in India, but also in enhancing the Indian Navy’s sub-surface warfare capability,” the ministry said.

All the six diesel-electric attack submarines will be equipped with the anti-ship missile, which has a proven record in combat, the defence ministry said. The state-of-the-art features of the Scorpenes include superior stealth and ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons.

The submarines are being built at Mazagon Dockyard Limited under Project 75 with transfer of technology from the collaborator, DCNS of France. Of the six, two submarines are ready, and rest four are under construction.

The second submarine Khanderi was launched on January 12 this year. It will undergo rigorous tests and trials in the harbour and at sea, on surface and underwater till December this year. It will be commissioned in the Navy after that.