Navy Receives 5th India-Made Scorpene-Class Submarine ‘Vagir’
Prior to its anticipated commissioning next month, the Indian Navy received the fifth Vagir-class submarine on Tuesday, according to officials. The Project-75-built submarine will be introduced, increasing the Indian Navy’s capacity for battle.
Concerns about China’s expanding incursions into the area, which is thought of as the Indian Navy’s backyard, have led India to concentrate on strengthening its maritime capacity with an emphasis on the Indian Ocean.
Project-75 calls for the domestic fabrication of six Scorpene-designed submarines. Together with the Naval Group of France, the submarines are being built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.
“Launched on Nov 12, 2020, Vagir commenced the sea trials from February 1 and it is a matter of great pride that she has completed all major trials including the weapon and sensor trials in the shortest time in comparison to the earlier submarines,” Navy Spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said.
According to him, building submarines is a complex process made more challenging by the fact that every piece of equipment must be miniature and adhere to strict quality standards.
The building of these submarines at an Indian yard, according to Commander Madhwal, is another step toward “Aatmanirbhar Bharat.” The submarine, according to him, would soon be commissioned into the Indian Navy. The Navy commissioned the locally constructed guided missile destroyer INS Mormugao on Sunday.
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