Key PointsIndia has begun sea trials of its first Scorpene diesel-electric attack submarineTrials signal that the vessel is on track for a 2016 commissioningThe 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.
Local media reports that two Indian Navy vessels, used for patrolling Mumbai waters, have sank at the Mumbai naval dockyard following a fire.2 security boats of Indian Navy sink at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai following fire onboard: Navy sources.Navy sources told news agency PTI that there was no loss of life or collateral damage to other naval assets in the harbour and that a board of inquiry has been ordered into the incident.The sources said the fire broke out early morning in one of the security boats.“During the fire fighting, two boats suffered damages and ingress of water and are submerged in shallow waters inside the naval harbour area. Efforts are in progress to salvage the boats.”The last few months have underlined severe issues with accidents in the Indian Navy. In March, A fire broke out on the soon-to-be decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat which resulted in the death of one and the injury of three others. In April, a sailor lost his leg while two others were injured in an oxygen cylinder explosion on board INS Nireekshak. The explosion took place while a diving bailout bottle, a small 12-inch oxygen bottle that is carried by divers in their diving helmet, was being charged. The sailors were admitted in the Military Hospital, Trivandrum as the ship was on it way to Mumbai from Visakhapatnam.In June, two people, a sailor and a civilian contractor, were killed by a toxic gas leak that occurred during maintenance work in the Sewage Treatment Plant compartment during the first refit of the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya at Karwar. Two other people were injured and taken to the naval hospital.
A fleet of Soviet-made Tu-142M maritime patrol aircraft was retired Wednesday at a ceremony in India, after almost three decades of impeccable service, the Indian Navy has announced.The TU142M aircraft were given a befitting farewell in a special ceremony organized today (29 Mar 2017) at INS Rajali, India’s premiere Naval Air Station in Arakkonam," a Defense Ministry statement read.Admiral Lanba praised Tu-142Ms, developed in 1960s, for the "stellar role" they had played in defending the country, accomplishing 30,000 hours of accident-free flying. He said the squadron’s legacy would be upheld by Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon aircraft.