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Submarine INS Vagsheer

Date: 22 April 2022 Tags: Military

Issue

Indian Navy’s sixth submarine under Project 75, INS Vagsheer, was launched by wife of Union Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar.

 

Background

The Scorpene class submarine was launched at the Mazgaon Dock Ltd and can join the Navy after sea trials.

 

Details

The name Vagsheer represents sand fish, a deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean. Vagsheer was previously a submarine that was commissioned into the Indian Navy from Russia and later retired.

 

Specifications

  • It is 67.5 metres long and 12.3 metres high. It can reach top speed of 20 knots when submerged and a top speed of 11 knots when it surfaces.

  • It has four MTU 12V 396 SE84 diesel engines, 360 battery cells for power, and a silent Permanently Magnetised Propulsion Motor.

 

Features

  • The hull, fin and hydroplanes are designed for minimum underwater resistance and all equipment is set-up on shock-absorbing cradles for enhanced stealth.

  • It is suitable to be engaged in sea denial as well as access denial warfare against the adversary.

 

Operations

 It can do offensive operations including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and area surveillance.

 

Military features

  • It is enabled with a C303 anti-torpedo counter measure system. It can carry up to 18 torpedoes or Exocet anti-ship missiles.

  • It has superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic absorption techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimized shape.

 

Commissioning

After undergoing sea trials, it will be commissioned into the Indian Navy’s Western Command. It will be based mostly in Mumbai.

 

Project 75

  • Project 75 or P 75 was a plan for indigenous submarine construction with technology taken from overseas firms.

  • INS Kalvari, INS Khanderi, INS Karanj and INS Vela have all been constructed under P 75. INS Vagir and INS Vagsheer will soon be inducted in Navy.