India will set afloat Kalvari, first of Scorpene submarines for sea trials today.
The event is significant given that it completes the building of the much-awaited platform and kickstarts the beginning of sea trials.
The sea trials are likely to continue for the next 10 months until the commissioning of the submarine, which is slated for September 2016.
Defence ministry sources said the delivery schedule of the submarine will be adhered to. Scorpenes, the Project- 75 submarines, are built by state-owned Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) along with French DCNS.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had in April witnessed the undocking of the vessel in a ceremony at Mumbai. Six of these submarines are to be delivered to the Navy by 2020.
While the project has been running behind schedule, the Navy is in dire need of submarines in light of recent accidents which have reduced the fleet to a handful of conventional submarines.