Navy’s 5th Scorpene-class submarine Vagir launched.
Indian Navy’s fifth Scorpene-class submarine Vagir, having superior stealth features like the advanced acoustic absorption technique, was launched on Thursday at the Mazagon Dock in south Mumbai.
Vijaya, wife of Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, launched the submarine through video conferencing.
The minister was the chief guest at the event and attended it via video link from Goa.
Vagir is part of the six Kalvari-class submarines being built in India.
The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built as part of Indian Navy’s Project-75
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 release said.
The attack can be launched with both torpedoes and tube launched anti-ship missiles, whilst underwater or on surface, MDL said.
“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 said.
The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres of operation, showcasing interoperability with other components of a Naval Task Force, MDL said
“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 said.
Two submarines of the ongoing Project-75 Scorpene programme at MDL, Kalvari and Khanderi, have been commissioned into the Indian Navy.
The third submarine, Karanj, is in the last phase of rigorous sea trials.