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Indian Navy's 5th Scorpene class  submarine 'INS Vagir' launched at Mumbai's Mazgaon Dock

INS Vagir is part of the six Kalvari-class submarines being built indigenously under the umbrella of Indian Navy's Project 75.

The Minister of State for Defense set the fifth Scorpene class submarine 'Vagir' to sails in an inauguratory event at Mumbai's Mazgaon Dock on November 12. The launch was conducted by a video conference from Goa in the presence of top naval officers and other dignitaries, including officials from the Naval Group, France.

This ship is a part of the six Kalvari-class submarines designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS. The Scorpene class submarines are being manufactured indigenously by the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai as part of the Indian Navy's Project 75.


Bon Voyage to INS Vagir


INS Vagir's Launch was yet another stepping stone for the Indian Navy as it furthers India's global position as a submarine building nation. Scorpenes are designed to have an additional air-independent propulsion besides the regular diesel propulsion, and this makes them efficient to undertake all anti-surface as well as anti-submarine warfare. INS Vagir is built with the state-of-art technology which ensures 'stealth features' including advanced acoustic absorption techniques, low radiated noise levels and hydro-dynamically optimised shape and also the ability to attack the enemy using precision guided weapons.

This penultimate submarine of Project 75 is named after the Sand Fish, a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean as it can commission an attack with both torpedoes and tube launched anti-ship missiles, whilst underwater or on surface. Her invulnerability arises from its specially designed underwater characteristics that make it stand apart from most submarines. Officials have stated that this modern submarine will be commissioned to service in a year's time.

The first two of Project-75 Scorpene programme at MDL, INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi, have been commissioned into the Indian Navy while the the third, INS Karanj, is in the last leg of her exhaustive sea trials. INS Vela, the fourth Scorpene has initiated the sea trials and the sixth and last submarine, Vagsheer, is in its boot process.

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