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Better late than never

Worth around ₹23,000 crore, the Scorpene is the most expensive submarine to join the Indian naval fleet

AP

₹The Indian Navy has hit a new milestone. The Navy’s first Scorpene submarine INS Kalvari was undocked on April 6 at the Mazagon Dock (MDL). As a part of Project 75, struck with French defence giant DNS in 2005, India is building six Franco-Spanish Scorpene-class diesel submarines at MDL — Kalvari being the first submarine of the lot to be completed. Originally scheduled to be handed over in 2012, the project has overshot the budget by nearly ₹5,000 crore. Now costing around ₹23,000 crore, the Scorpene submarine will be sent for extensive sea trials before it formally joins the Indian Navy in September 2016. Built at MDL, the submarine has been made with state-of-art features such as superior stealth and an ability to launch crippling attacks with torpedoes. Kalvari is also equipped to undertake intelligence gathering, multifarious warfare, anti-submarine warfare, area surveillance, etc. However, given the recent unfortunate events involving submarines, one can only hope that this warship, with all its modernistic features, fights its way through deep waters.