It has the lowest build time among all indigenously manufactured submarines till date

The Indian Navy is set to commission the fifth Kalvari class submarine Vagir on January 23 in the presence of Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, the Ministry of Defence announced on Thursday.

These submarines are being built in India as part of Project-75 by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with M/s Naval Group, France. Four of the Kalvari class of submarines have already been commissioned into the Indian Navy.

Vagir commenced its sea trials from February 1, 2022 and was delivered to the Indian Navy on December 20, 2022.

The name Vagir has been derived from INS Vagir - a Vela-class submarine from Russia that served in the Navy from 1973 to 2001.

The submarine in its new avatar has the distinction of having the lowest build time among all indigenously manufactured submarines till date, the Ministry of Defence said.

Project-75 involves indigenous construction of six submarines of Scorpene design. These submarines are being constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with M/s Naval Group, France.

The first scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari was commissioned in 2017 followed by the INS Khanderi in September 2019. Last year, Project-75’s INS Karanj and INS Vela were inducted into the Indian Navy in Mumbai.

The sixth and last of the Scorpene-class submarines, Vagsheer, was launched into water in April 2022. It is expected to be delivered to the Navy by end 2023.

Scorpene-class submarines are a key asset for the Indian Navy and are capable of launching different kinds of torpedoes and missile systems. They are also equipped with a range of surveillance and intelligence gathering mechanisms.