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India’s 1t new submarine starts trial May 2, 2016

India's first new conventional submarine in 16 years finally began its sea trials off Mumbai on Sunday, giving much-needed fillip to the Navy. The diesel-electric Scorpene submarine —to be commissioned as INS Kalvari (tiger shark) by 2016-end. It  waits for acquisition of 'Black Shark' torpedoes from Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica's subsidiary Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquel. INS Kalvari will be inducted with tube-launched SM-39 Exocet anti-ship missiles but its main weapon to maintain stealth will be missing. The first Scorpène_Class submarine will be delivered in September 2016.

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