Indian Navy will induct a French-designed diesel-electric attack Scorpene-class submarine this year.
First Scorpene-class submarine, named Kalvari, will be inducted this June, whereas the second vessel ‘Khanderi’ will be commissioned in December, Hindustan Times reported Thursday.
Kalvari and Khanderi are two of the six Scorpene submarines being constructed in the country with technology transfer from French firm DCNS under a Rs 23,562-crore programme called Project 75.
The Scorpene is expected to become the main conventional submarine of the Indian fleet and replace the ageing Russian Kilo class and German HDW vessels that are almost three decades old.
All six submarines are expected to join the Indian fleet over the next three years, with a third boat, Vela, likely to be launched in the coming months.