5th Scorpene class submarine of Project-75 INS ‘Vagir’ handed over to Indian Navy
- Recently, the fifth Submarine Yard 11879 ie VAGIR of the Project-75 Kalvari Class submarines was handed over to the Indian Navy.
- This is Kalvari class diesel-electric attack submarine Yard 11879, which will be named INS Vagir when commissioned.
- The Kalvari-class submarines have the capability to operate in a variety of naval warfare, including anti-warfare and anti-submarine operations, intelligence gathering and surveillance, and mine-laying.
- Vagir-I, a submarine acquired earlier from Russia, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on December 3, 1973 and decommissioned on June 7, 2001 after serving the nation for nearly three decades.
- Public ship builder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) gave a new avatar to the submarine of the same name.
- It is named after the sand fish, a dangerous predator of the Indian Ocean.
- Project-75 involves the indigenous construction of six submarines of the French Scorpene design. These submarines are being built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai in collaboration with Naval Group, France.
- Launched on 12 November 2020, Vagir commenced sea trials from 01 February 2022.
- The six submarines were being built by Mazagon Dock under Project – 75 under a $3.75 billion deal signed in October 2005 under Transfer of Technology from Naval Group.
Other Submarines under Project-75:
- The first submarine INS Kalvari was commissioned into the Indian Navy in December 2017, the second submarine INS Khanderi in September 2019, the third submarine INS Karanj in March 2021 and the fourth INS Vela in November 2021.
- The sixth and last submarine, Vagshir, is expected to be handed over to the Navy by the end of 2023.
Source – PIB