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Project 75: Fifth Scorpene submarine ‘Vagir’ launched at Mazagon Dock

Decommissioned in 2001 Scorpene submarine ‘Vagir’ has been reinvigorated and rebuilt by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai

Scorpene submarine ‘Vagir’ has been named after the Sand Fish, a deadly deep-sea predator of the Indian Ocean
  • Scorpene submarine ‘Vagir’ has been named after the Sand Fish, a deadly deep-sea predator of the Indian Ocean

  • Vagir was decommissioned on June 7, 2001, after almost three decades of yeoman service to the nation

  • Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders rebuilt the scorpene with superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic absorption techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape

Mumbai/ New Delhi: Scorpene submarine ‘Vagir’, ex-Russia, named after the Sand Fish, a deadly deep-sea predator of the Indian Ocean, has been launched at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai on Thursday. The fifth Scorpene submarine of Project-75 was commissioned into the Indian Navy on December 3, 1973, and was decommissioned on June 7, 2001, after almost three decades of yeoman service to the nation. Vagir has been infused with new life by Defence PSU Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL). The launching was done by Smt Vijaya Shripad Naik through video conferencing. 

The state-of-the-art technology utilized in the rebuilt Scorpene has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic absorption techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch an 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 of this potent platform is enhanced by the special attention provided to her characteristic underwater signatures. These stealth features give it an invulnerability, unmatched by most submarines.

Scorpene submarines can undertake multifarious types of missions i.e Anti-Surface warfare, Anti-Submarine warfare, Intelligence gathering, Mine Laying, Area Surveillance etc. The Submarine is designed to operate in all theatres of operation, showcasing interoperability with other components of a Naval Task Force. It is a potent platform, marking a transformational shift in submarine operations. Two submarines of the ongoing Project-75 Scorpene programme at MDL, Kalvari and Khanderi, have been commissioned into the Indian Navy.

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The third submarine, Karanj, is in the last phase of rigorous sea trials. The fourth Scorpene, Vela, has commenced her sea trials, whilst the sixth and last submarine, Vagsheer, is being readied for boot together. The Scorpene project is given support by the Department of Defence Production (MoD) and Indian Navy throughout its various phases of construction.

With the launch of Vagir, India further cements its position as a Submarine Building Nation and MDL has more than lived up to its reputation as 'Warship and Submarine Builders to the Nation'. Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command - Vice Admiral RB Pandit, Chairman & Managing Director, MDL - Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad and other Directors of MDL were present amongst the dignitaries during the launching ceremony. This apart, Chief of Materials, Indian Navy, and CWP&A (Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition)  - Vice Admiral SR Sarma and Additional Secretary, Defence Industries Production - Sanjay Jaju (IAS) joined the function through video conferencing from New Delhi.

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