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Fifth Scorpene submarine ‘launched’, to be delivered to the Navy in 2022 | India News


NEW DELHI: The country’s fifth Scorpene submarine ‘Vagir’ was ‘launched’ at Mazagon Docks (MDL) on Thursday.
The 1,565-ton diesel-electric vessel, which will now undergo extensive testing, in ports and at sea, is likely to be delivered to the Navy in 2022.
Under the ‘Project-75’ of more than 23 billion rupees underway in CDM for the construction of six Scorpene submarines of French origin, the Navy has commissioned two vessels, INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi, so far.
The third ‘Karanj’ submarine is now in the last phase of sea trials, while the fourth ‘Sail’ has just started. The sixth named ‘Vagsheer’ is likely to be ready for commissioning in 2023, officials said.
Although the Scorpene project has faced huge cost and cost overruns, it is critical to the Navy, as it currently only has 13 other aging diesel-electric subs, and only half of them are operational at any given time. India also has two nuclear-powered submarines, INS Arihant and INS Chakra, but the latter does not have nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles because it has been leased from Russia.

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