The Indian Navy’s new submarine, Vagir, the fifth of six French-designed Scorpene-class submarines (Kalvari-class), built as part of Project 75 commenced its first sea trial on 01, February 2022.
- The submarine was launched in November 2020 from the Kanhoji Angre Wet Basin of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), Mumbai, Maharashtra.
- The submarine-designated ‘Yard 11879’ during its construction by MDL in collaboration with the Naval Group of France and will be named ‘Vagir’ after it is commissioned into service.
i.The Vagir submarine is designed with superior stealth features like advanced acoustic absorption techniques and will now undergo extensive system, machinery, and weapons trials at sea before commissioning.
ii.The submarine was named after INS Vagir, a Russian Vela-class submarine that served in the Navy from 1973 to 2001.
About Project – 75 (P-75):
i.Six submarines of Scorpene-class (P-75) are to be constructed at MDL, Mumbai. Two submarines Project namely INS Kalvari and Khanderi have been commissioned into the Indian Navy in December 2017 and September 2019 respectively.
ii.The third submarine, Karanj, is in the last phase of rigorous sea trials.
iii.The fourth Scorpene, Vela, has started sea trials, while the sixth submarine, Vagsheer, which is under construction is likely to be delivered in June 2022.
About Scorpene class Submarines:
i.The Scorpene Class submarines are being built in India by the MDL, under collaboration with Naval Group of France (earlier DCNS).
- The Scorpene submarines have advanced stealth features equipped with both long range guided torpedoes as well as anti-ship missiles.
ii.These submarines have a state of the art Sound Navigation and Ranging (SONAR), sensor suite permitting outstanding operational capabilities and advanced Permanent Magnetic Synchronous motor (PERMASYN) as its propulsion motor.
Note – The six Kalvari-class submarines, can undertake missions like anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, and area surveillance.
About Project – 75 (I) (P-75(I)):
In July 2021, The Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued a Request of Proposal (RFP) for construction of 6 AIP (Air Independent Propulsion) fitted Conventional Submarines named Project 75 (India) [P-75(I)] for the Indian Navy. Click here to know more
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About Indian Navy:
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) – Admiral R. Hari Kumar
Integrated Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi