India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) launched the Navy’s fifth Scorpene-class submarine Vagir today.
“Indian Navy’s fifth Scorpene class submarine 'Vagir' launched at Mazagaon Dock today. Vice Admiral R B Pandit, Western Naval Command Chief, was present on the occasion. With this, India further cements itself as a Submarine Building Nation,” the government said in a statement.
Project 75 Submarines
The submarine is among six French-origin Scorpene submarines being built in India, named as the "Kalvari class." The $3.75 Billion (INR 26,205 crore) contract for their licensed production was signed in October 2005 under “Project 75.”
Stealth features of the Scorpene submarines include advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimized shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision-guided weapons. They can undertake multifarious types of missions such as anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, area surveillance etc. India has also approved the acquisition of over 100 heavyweight torpedoes to be equipped on these submarines.
The Navy currently operates 4 German HDW-class submarines and 9 Russian Kilo-class submarines. It had last inducted a conventional diesel-electric submarine, INS Sindhushastra, procured from Russia in July 2000.