The scrapping of the proposed purchase of $500 million worth of anti-tank missiles puts the spotlight on India’s homegrown efforts to build a comparable weapon system.
INS Kalvari is the first diesel-electric submarine to be inducted into the navy in 17 years. Five more Scorpenes are supposed to join it in the next few years, but the project has been plagued by delays.
The latest launch moves India’s armed forces a step closer to its goal of being able to launch the missile from land, sea, and air.
The successful missile test has restored credibility to the Nirbhay programme, which the government had previously considered scrapping.