Indian Navy’s 5th Scorepene class submarine ‘Vagir’ launched

India Navy 5th Scorepene class submarine 'Vagir' launched

New Delhi (NVI): In yet another boost to the Indian Navy amid the India China border tensions, the fifth Scorpene class submarine ‘Vazir’ was today launched at Mazagaon Dock in Mumbai.

Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik launched the indigenously built Scorpene class submarine of Project 75 through video conferencing.

The development, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, will further establish India as a Submarine buidling nation.

Vice Admiral R B Pandit, Western Naval Command Chief, was also present on the occasion.

Vagir is part of the six Kalvari-class submarines designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS. They are being built as part of Indian Navy’s Project-75.

The Defence public sector undertaking (PSU) Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDSL) was assigned the task to build six Scorpene-class submarines. Before this, INS Kalvari- India’s deadliest Scorpene class submarine- the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, was launched in 2015 and commissioned into the Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017.

Vagir’s launch takes place amid India-China border tensions and China’s growing assertiveness in the Indian Ocean region.

-ARK