Indian Navy’s fifth Scorpene submarine Vagir, having “superior stealth features” just like the superior acoustic absorption method, was launched at the moment on the Mazagon Dock in south Mumbai.
Vijaya Naik, spouse of Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, launched the submarine by way of video conferencing. The minister was the chief visitor on the occasion and attended it through video hyperlink from Goa.
INS Vagir is a part of the six Kalvari-class submarines being inbuilt India. The submarines, designed by French naval defence and vitality firm DCNS, are being constructed as a part of Indian Navy’s Project-75.
These submarines can undertake missions like anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, and space surveillance, an official stated.
Vagir is called after the Sand Fish, a lethal deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean. The first Vagir, a submarine from Russia, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on December 3, 1973, and was decommissioned on June 7, 2001 after nearly three many years of service to the nation.
“Building the Scorpene was indeed a challenge for MDL, as the complexity of the simplest of tasks increased exponentially due to all work having to be done in the most congested of spaces,” MDL stated in a launch.
“The state-of-art technology used in the submarine has ensured superior stealth features such as 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,” the discharge stated.
The assault may be launched with each torpedoes and tube launched anti-ship missiles, while underwater or on floor, MDL stated. “The stealth of this potent platform is enhanced by the special attention to her characteristic underwater signatures. These stealth features give it an invulnerability, unmatched by most submarines,” it added.
The submarine is designed to function in all theatres of operation, showcasing interoperability with different parts of a Naval Task Force, MDL stated.
“With the launching of Vagir, India further cements its position as a submarine building nation. This is in sync with the current impetus of the government towards Make in India and Atma Nirbhar Bharat,” MDL stated.
Two submarines of the continuing Project-75 Scorpene programme at MDL, Kalvari and Khanderi, have been commissioned into the Indian Navy. The third submarine, Karanj, is within the final part of rigorous sea trials. The fourth Scorpene, Vela, has commenced her sea trials, while the sixth and final submarine, Vagsheer, is being readied for boot collectively.
“Two SSK submarines built by MDL during 1992-94 are in active service, which is a testimony to the professionalism and capability of Mazagon Dock personnel,” it stated.
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