State-of-the-art submarine, INS Vagir, commissioned into Indian Navy
The ship was delivered to the navy on December 20, 2022, by Mazgaon Dock Limited, which has earlier delivered four submarines, viz Kalvari, Khanderi, Karanj and Vela.
Mumbai: INS Vagir, India’s fifth Scorpene-Class submarine, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on Monday in the presence of Admiral R Harikumar, Chief of Naval Staff, in Mumbai.
Vagir was launched on November 12, 2020, and has undergone a comprehensive and rigorous set of tests and trials for over a year to ensure a fully combat-worthy submarine capable of operation in all modes and regimes of deployment. The ship was delivered to the navy on December 20, 2022, by Mazgaon Dock Limited, which has earlier delivered four submarines, viz Kalvari, Khanderi, Karanj and Vela.
Speaking at the function, Admiral Harikumar said that the commissioning of Vagir was a platform that would give a significant fillip to the Indian navy’s operational might and serve as a potent deterrent for any adversary.
“This day is also an important milestone in the navy’s evolution as a combat-ready, credible, cohesive and future-proof force as, today, one more sentinel of the deep seas proudly breaks out the new naval ensign – signalling its readiness to go into harm’s way in the service of the nation,” he said.
Harikumar said that the submarine underscored the coming of age of India’s shipbuilding industry, and the maturing of the country’s defence ecosystem. “It is also a shining testimony to the expertise and experience of our shipyards in constructing complex platforms,” he said, adding that these aspects served to reinforce the Indian navy’s resolve of becoming a completely “aatmanirbhar” (self-sufficient) force by year 2047.
The admiral also complimented the submarine’s commanding officer and his team for their commitment and sustained efforts in pushing through all major trials, including those of weapons and sensors, within the short span of eleven months.
The state-of-the-art technology utilised in the Scorpene has ensured superior stealth features (such as advanced acoustic absorption techniques, low radiated noise levels and hydro-dynamically optimised shape) and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision-guided weapons. The attack can be launched with both torpedoes and tube-launched anti-ship missiles whilst underwater or on the surface.
The stealth features give Vagir an invulnerability unmatched by most submarines. Moreover, it can undertake multifarious types of missions such as anti-surface, anti-submarine, intelligence-gathering, mine-laying and area surveillance. The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres of operation and is a transformational shift in submarine operations.
The sixth Scorpene submarine – INS Vaghsheer – was launched on April 20, 2022, and is getting readied for trials.