On December 14 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially commissioned INS Kalvari. The first of the Scorpene class of submarines, INS Kalvari was inducted with much fanfare after extensive sea trials by the navy were a success. The Defence Minister through her official twitter handle a day before on December 13 celebrated the induction as a success of Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Prime Minister Modi in his speech hailed the induction of Kalvari as an ‘excellent example of Make in India’. He said,

“Induction of INS Kalvari in the Indian Navy is a big step taken by us in the direction of national security. This is the best example of ‘Make in India'”

On his twitter handle, PM Modi reiterated that the commissioning of the submarine was illustrative of the success of ‘Make in India’

How true is this claim made by the official handle of the Defence Minister that INS Kalvari is a product of PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative? Alt News conducted a quick fact check on the claim and here is what we found:

  1. The construction of INS Kalvari, designated as MDL Yard 11875 had commenced in December 2006
  2. The five separate sections of the submarine were welded together, called ‘Boot       Together’, on 30 July 2014
  3. In October 2015, the submarine was ‘launched’ and christened as INS Kalvari
  4. Sea trial of the submarine started on May 1, 2016
  5. On September 21 2017, INS Kalvari was delivered to the Indian Navy by Mazgaon Docks Ltd.

Further details about the submarine can be read in this press release by the Press Information Bureau dated December 13, 2017.

INS Kalvari is a Scorpene-class submarine which is the first of six diesel-electric attack submarines that India is constructing under the programme which is known as Project 75. The submarines have been designed by the French naval defence and energy company DCNS and are being constructed by Mazgaon Docks Ltd. in Mumbai under a technology transfer agreement. The Scorpene deal was finalised by India and France in 2005.

The Scorpene deal was signed between the two countries with an agreement for transfer of technology, which made it possible for an Indian shipbuilding company to commence production. The technology transfer agreement came as a shot in the arm for the indigenous defence industry and a huge fillip for defence manufacturing. In April 2013, France’s ambassador to India Francois Richier had said, “The first submarine would be ready by 2014, heralding an important and strategic tie-up between both the nations on the defence front. It is a full transfer of technology, something we don’t do with everybody. Defence component of India-French relations is very important to us”. 

The ‘Make in India’ initiative was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2014 with the objective of making India a global hub of manufacturing. While it is a commendable initiative and a continuation of the National Manufacturing Policy of 2011, the construction of the Kalvari-class submarines was initiated in 2006 following the agreement between India and France in 2005. It is correct that the submarine is being constructed in India by Mazgaon Docks Ltd., a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) of the Govt of India. However, the programme does not technically fall under the ‘Make in India’ initiative which is the brainchild of the NDA government, as claimed by the Defence Minister.

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7 Comments on "Is INS Kalvari a product of PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ as claimed by Defence Ministry?"

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PakChipak RajaBabu

The beauty of the PM and his cabinet is that they are so thickly skinned that they lie upfront and hardly bother about how they come out and protray themselves as fools of the elitest club..


Make in India is a failure… very body in this country wants to play the victim card from Patels to PM.. all bright ppl are leaving the country.. ppl who are left are discussing communal politics.. nobody cares about Innovation, Entrepreneurship but everybody wants reservation.. we are doomed


Thank goodness the deal was signed in 2005.

If the deal had been signed in 2011, Modi would have scrapped it, bought 2 Scorpene submarines directly from the French at inflated prices and passed the offset to Adani through his newly created subsidiary.

It is true that the construction of this submarine started in 2006 and it is also true that it is fully Made in India. Hence, the reaffirmation of Make in India as a concept cannot be written off. Yes, more of engineering marvel should be supported through this program and we cannot see any change coming through instantly the moment the initiative is started by a government. The changes can be witnessed only in 10 years as these are capital intensive and long term projects. Therefore, it is too early to say it is a failure. There are more number… Read more »
Rakesh Agrawal

Ha..ha..ha..by this rate, this trader of lies, more lies and white lies, will also cover the Eiffel tower with Tricolor and claim it was made in India, thanks to His (not his!) laughable Make In India initiative!

Diwakar M Kjerala

THERE can’t be any more faaltu article than this..Make in india means anything which is made in india even by 50 % ..whether it was started by congress or BJP does’t matter anything ..get some better article and reseach to deliberate upon.


Yeah, true, it is made in India and it doesn’t matter if it was started by any government, but mentioning ‘Make In India’ is just plain lie.