Mumbai: The Indian Navy on Thursday got its fifth scorpene class submarine, named ‘INS Vagir’. MoS Defence Shripad Naik launched the submarine ‘Vagir’ of Project 75 in the Arabian sea waters at Mumbai’s Mazagaon Dock through video conferencing. Also Read - Shekhar Suman Speaks on Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case Again, Says Agencies Are Helpless in Absence of Evidence
INS Vagir is expected to be commissioned in a year’s time. Two Kalvari-class submarines are already operational in the Indian Navy. Also Read - Real Madrid vs Alaves: Eden Hazard Picks Another Injury as Los Blancos Suffer Shock Defeat Against Alaves at Home
“I expect Vagir will be commissioned in a year’s time. We have 2 Kalvari-class submarines already operational in Navy. We will be happy to receive the balance four in a very quick time,” said Vice Admiral RB Pandit, Western Naval Command Chief. Also Read - Cold Conditions Prevail in North India, Heavy Rains Likely in Southern States From Dec 1
The first of the Scorpene-class submarines, INS Kalvari, was launched in 2015 and commissioned into service in late 2017.
The submarine was constructed by Defence public sector undertaking (PSU) Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDSL). MDSL has stepped up the pace of construction and deliveries of submarines and ships over the last few years to ensure adherence to timelines.
MDSL was working with French collaborator Naval Group on transfer of technology for the submarines under Project 75 (P75), with the deal valued at over Rs 23,000 crore.