An anti-ship missile was today successfully test-fired for the first time from an indigenously built Kalvari class submarine.

The first of India’s six Scorpene-class submarines built under the Project 75,and it successfully hit  a surface target during the trial in the Arabian Sea. all the six diesel-electric attack submarines will be equipped with the anti-ship missile, which has a proven record in combat.

The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.

The defence ministry said that these missiles would provide the vessels the ability to neutralise surface threats at extended ranges and also enhancing the Indian Navy’s sub-surface warfare capability

The Kalvari class submarine has superior stealth and can use guided weapons such as torpedoes and tube-launched anti-ship missiles on enemy subs from the surface or underwater.  Besides warfare, its varied functions will include intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance etc.

Six such Scorpene-class submarines are being built in Mumbai as part of the government’s extensive plans to modernize the Indian Navy.