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Janes, 03 May 2016 Sea Platforms
India begins sea trials of first Scorpene submarine. Author: Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Navy International.
Foto: "Kalvari, pictured here at Mazagon Dockyard Limited, began its first sea trials on 1 May 2016. Source: Indian Ministry of Defence." India has begun sea trials of its first Scorpene diesel-electric attack submarine. Trials signal that the vessel is on track for a 2016 commissioning. The first of six Kalvari (Scorpene)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) on order for the Indian Navy has begun its maiden sea trials, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 1 May. The vessel, Kalvari (S 50), conducted the trials off the coast of Mumbai on the same day that a number of the platform's systems, including propulsion, steering, navigation, and communications, were tested. "Various standard operating procedures were also validated for this new class of submarines", the MoD said. Kalvari , which is a part of an INR230 billion (USD3.46 billion) contract signed in October 2005 under India's Project 75 submarine construction programme, was floated out at Mazagon Dockyard Limited (MDL) in April 2015. According to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships , the DCNS-designed boat features an overall length of 66.4 m, an overall beam of 6.2 m and a hull draught of 5.8 m. The vessel is armed with six 533 mm torpedo tubes that can deploy the SM-39 Exocet Block 2 anti-ship missile. Powered by four MTU 12V 396 SE84 diesel engines, the platform has a top dived speed of 20 kt and top surfaced speed of 11 kt. The boat has a surfaced range of 6,500 n miles at 8 kt and can accommodate a crew of 31 including six officers. Kalvari has been scheduled for further tests in the coming months including diving and acoustic trials. The boat is slated for commissioning in September 2016.
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