Mumbai: The sixth Scorpene class submarine, INS Vagsheer, constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched today in Mumbai. INS Vagsheer will now undergo rigorous trials and tests, both in harbour and at sea before it is commissioned into the Navy. These submarines are being constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with Naval Group, France.
Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar launched the submarine.
INS Vagsheer will now go undergo sea trials and will be later commissioned. The launch of this submarine is an example of India becoming self-reliant, the defence secretary said.
The make it fully combat-worthy, the INS Vagsheer will undergo a comprehensive and rigorous set of tests and trials for more than a year to ensure that it is fully combat-worthy.
The submarine ‘INS Varghese’ is named after sandfish, a deadly deep water sea predator of the Indian Ocean.
Submarine construction is an intricate activity as the difficulty is compounded when all equipment are required to be miniaturised and are subject to stringent quality requirements. Construction of these submarines in an Indian yard is yet another step towards ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’, the ministry of defence stated.
Scorpene submarines are capable of undertaking multifarious types of missions i.e anti-Surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, area surveillance etc.
Project-75(I) was launched with the initiative to construct indigenous six modern conventional submarines (including associated shore support, engineering support package, training and spares package) with contemporary equipment, weapons and sensors including fuel-cell based AIP (Air Independent Propulsion Plant), advanced torpedoes, modern missiles and state of the art countermeasure systems.
The projects gives major boost to India’s defence manufaturing sector to create indigenous design and construction capability of submarines in the country, in addition to bringing in the latest submarine design and technologies as part of the project.