This Day in History:
India has always focused on investing in its defense forces and upgrading them from time to time with various indigenous technologies. So, in today’s “This day in history” article further, we will know more about one such indigenous technology that was added to the Indian Navy.
On 30th September 1989, INS Shalki, India’s first indigenously built submarine, was launched in Bombay.
INS Shalki (S46) is a Shishukumar-class diesel-electric submarine launched by the Indian Navy. INS Shalki is also the first-ever submarine that was built in India. While launched on 30th September 1989, INS Shalki was commissioned on 7th February 1992 and is still active in service.
India’s first indigenously built submarine INS Shalki was built by Mazagon Dock Limited.
INS Shalki submarine, India’s first indigenous submarine has a 6.5 m (21 ft) Beam, 6 m (20 ft) Draught, and is 64.4 m (211 ft) in length. The Test Depth of INS Shalki is 260 m (850 ft). INS Shalki complements i.e., carries 40 people on board including 8 officers. The displacement of INS Shalki is 1450 tons surfaces, 1850 tons submerged.
30th Sept 1989: #TheDayInHistory— MAHA INFO CENTRE (@micnewdelhi) September 29, 2019
INS-Shalki, India's first indigenously built submarine was launched in Mumbai. #INSShalki was commissioned on 7th Feb 1992 & was in active service with #IndianNavy till 2016. It was made by #MazgaonDock Shipyard ltd. @indiannavy pic.twitter.com/mPMiRNe1dW
The propulsion of the INS Shalki submarine is 4 × 2,400 hp (1,800 kW) diesel-electric motors, 1 × Siemens 4,600 hp (3,400 kW) motor, 4 × 1.8 MW (2,400 hp) Siemens alternators and 1 shaft. INS Shalki Range is Snorting 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km) at 8 kn (15 km/h).
The Speed of the INS Shalki submarine ranges from 11 knots surfaced (i.e., 20 km/h) and 22 knots submerged (41 km/h).
INS Shalki is loaded with 14*AEG-SUT Mod1 wire-guided active/passive torpedoes, and 24* external strap-on mines.