Scorpene Submarine ‘VAGIR’ Sailing through | Image Source: Ministry of Defence
Scorpene Submarine ‘VAGIR’ commenced her sea trial on 01 Feb 22. She is the fifth submarine of Project 75, Yard 11879, the Indian Navy’s Kalvari class.
The submarine was launched in Nov 2020 from the Kanhoji Angre Wet Basin of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL). The submarine would be named Vagir, after commissioning.
Despite the COVID pandemic, MDL has ‘Delivered’ two submarines of the Project – 75 in the year 2021, and the commencement of sea trials of the fifth submarine is a significant milestone.
The submarine will now undergo intense trials of all its systems at sea, including propulsion systems, weapons, and sensors. The submarine is scheduled for delivery to the Indian Navy in the year 2022 after the completion of these trials.
It is a diesel-electric attack submarine based on the Scorpène class, designed by French naval defense and energy group Naval Group and manufactured by Mazagon Dock Limited, an Indian shipyard in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The submarine inherits its name from INS Vagir (S41) which served in the Navy from 1973–2001 and was named after a species of sandfish.