INS Vagir (S25)
INS Vagir (S25) is the fifth submarine of the first batch of six Kalvari-class submarines for the Indian Navy which was launched on 12 November 2020. It is a diesel-electric attack submarine based on the Scorpene class, designed by the French Navy. and is built by the Defense and Energy Group, Naval Group and Mazagon Dock Limited, an Indian shipyard in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The submarine inherited its name from INS Vagir (S41), which served in the Navy from 1973–2001, and was named after a species of sandfish. Vagir, the fifth Kalvari-class submarine, began its maiden sea trials on February 2, 2022 and was commissioned on January 23, 2023.
These are the features of INS Vagir:
INS Vagir is the fifth submarine of the Kalvari class and can carry several large missiles. Its radar system is one of the best in the world and its speed is also considered good. This 67 meter long submarine can run at a speed of 20 km above water and 40 km underwater. In this, more than 50 naval personnel and officers can join any mission simultaneously.
- This submarine is 221 feet long, 40 feet high, 19 feet deep and weighs 1565 tonnes.
- The machinery has been installed in such a way that about 11 km long pipe fitting is done. About 60 kilometers of cable fitting has been done.
- The submersible made of special steel has high tensile strength, which enables it to work in greater depth of water. The Vagir submarine can stay under water for 45-50 days. Due to stealth technology, it does not get caught by the radar. Able to work in any weather.
- There are 360 battery cells inside INS Vagir. The weight of each battery cell is approximately 750 kg. On the basis of these batteries, INS Vagir can cover a distance of 6500 nautical miles i.e. about 12000 kilometers. It is powered by two 1250 kW diesel engines.
- This submarine detects the enemy by going to a depth of 350 meters. Its top speed is 22 notes.
INS Kalvari Class Submarine: –
INS Vagir is the fifth submarine of the Kalavari class. Under Project-75, the first submarine INS Kalvari was inducted into the Indian Navy in December 2017, the second submarine INS Khanderi in September 2019, the third submarine INS Karanj in March 2021 and the fourth INS Vela in November 2021. The sixth and last submarine, Vagshir, is expected to be inducted into the Navy by the end of 2023.
The submarines are being built in India by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai in collaboration with M/s Naval Group, France. Four Kalvari class submarines have already been inducted into the Indian Navy.
The sand shark represents 'stealth and fearlessness', two qualities that are synonymous with the ethos of a submarine.