Sand shark INS Vagir inducted in Navy: 40KMPH speed underwater
Sand shark INS Vagir inducted in Navy: 40KMPH speed underwater, 50 people can carry out operation simultaneously
Vagir, the fifth submarine of the Kalvari class, joined the Navy on Monday morning. It is also called a sand shark. Navy Chief Admiral R Harikumar commissioned Vagir at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. The speed of Vagir under water is 40 km/h and its speed above water is 20 km/h.
Admiral R Harikumar said- 'Vagir is the third submarine to join the Navy in a span of 24 months. It is also a shining testimony to the specialization of our shipyard in building the complex. I wish everyone all the best for their hard work and commendable effort.
Navy officials told that the submarine will increase the strength of the Indian Navy. This is the fifth Kalvari class submarine under Project-75. A total of 6 indigenous submarines of Scorpene design are to be built under Project-75.
Earlier, four submarines Kalvari, Khanderi, Karanj and Vela were inducted into the Navy. They were built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited Mumbai in collaboration with M/s Naval Group, France. An agreement was signed between the two companies in 2005 to produce 6 submarines.
Vagir is the silent killer Vagir is named after a species of sandfish, a deadly marine predator of the Indian Ocean. It is also called the silent killer. Vagir was launched on 12 November 2020. Vagir commenced sea trials on 1 February 2022. It completed major trials of weapons and sensors in the shortest possible time as compared to other submarines.
Submarines can perform anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance. Vagir is 221 feet long and 21 meters high. The submarine has a speed capability of 20 kmph above water and 40 kmph underwater. According to media reports, submarine mines are equipped with missiles.
Vagir has a glorious history as the submarine of the same name was commissioned in November 1973 and has carried out several operational missions including preventive patrolling. It was retired in January 2001 after serving the country for nearly three decades. Vagir in its new avatar has been completed in the shortest possible time among indigenously built submarines to date.
The Ind Kumar Gujral government had decided to give 25 submarines to the Navy. Project 75 was created for this. Under this project, a 30-year plan was made to build submarines. In 2005, India and France signed a $3.75 billion contract to build six Scorpene-design submarines. The first submarine of the Kalvari class was received by the Navy in 2017.