5th Scorpene class submarine 'Vagir' launched
First Published 12, Nov 2020, 9:25 AM
Indian Navy's fifth scorpene class submarine 'Vagir' was launched into the Arabian sea waters from the Mazagon Docks in Mumbai. The last of the six submarines, Vagsheer, expected to be launched by the end of 2022.
Indian Navy's fifth scorpene class submarine 'Vagir' was launched into the Arabian sea waters from the Mazagaon Docks in Mumbai. The last of the six submarines, Vagsheer, expected to be launched by the end of 2022.
Scorpene submarines are a class of diesel-electric attack submarines that claim to have stealth features. This class of submarines is designed to remain submerged for longer durations and undertake operations such as intelligence gathering as well as participate in special operations during hostilities. Chile, Malaysia and Brazil are the other countries that possess these submarines.
The Scorpene class of submarines can undertake multifarious tasks typically undertaken by any modern submarine which include anti-surface as well as anti-submarine warfare. The state-of- the-art technology utilised for construction of the Scorpene class submarines has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimized shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons
The attack can be launched with both torpedoes and tube launched anti-ship missiles, whilst underwater or on surface. The stealth of this potent platform is enhanced by the special attention given to various signatures. These stealth features give it an invulnerability, unmatched by most submarines. It is a potent platform, marking a generational shift in submarine operations.
India currently has 17 submarines, including two ballistic missile submarines and one nuclear-powered attack submarine. The Indian Navy also has 14 conventionally-powered submarines, developed in collaboration with French, Russian and German companies.