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5th Indian Navy Scorpene Class Submarine Commissioned in Service

5th Indian Navy Scorpene Class Submarine Commissioned in Service

Our Bureau - : Jan 23, 2023 - : 6:18 pm

The Indian Navy has commissioned the INS Vagir, its fifth Kalvari-Class (Scorpene Class) submarine into service.

The last submarine of the P75 series, the Vagsheer, is currently completing her sea trials in order to be delivered in 2024. 

INS Vagir, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in presence of the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC and several other senior dignitaries. The event was also attended by Naval Group’s Executive Vice President for Submarines, Laurent Espinasse along with the Naval Group team in India. 

Laurent Espinasse, EVP Submarines said: “The commissioning of INS Vagir is a major milestone for the Indian Navy, MDL, Naval Group and all our industrial partners. We are proud to be part of the P75 program and remain fully committed to deliver the last unit of the series and to enhance the level of indigenisation in future projects of the Indian Navy.” 

 INS Vagir  was launched on 12 November 2020.

 INS Vagir will join INS Kalvari, INS Khanderi, INS Karanj and INS Vela which had already been commissioned respectively in December 2017, September 2019, March 2021 and November 2021. 

INS Vagir was built by Indian shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) based on the Naval Group Scorpene design. 

 INS Vagir has been completely built by MDL having successfully absorbed the technology transfer from Naval Group, in line with Indian Government’s “Make in India” policy.

The series of six submarines of the P75 program is fitted with a number of equipment built in India by qualified and highly trained industrial Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

MDL and Naval Group have developed a rich industrial ecosystem of more than 50 Indian companies, along with an Indian subsidiary with more than 70 Indian engineers to support Indian Navy, thus contributing to industrial and technological sovereignty.

With 14 submarines chosen around the world, the Scorpene is an essential reference of conventional attack submarines (SSK) for Navies across the globe. 


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