(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) Security Scan: INS Vagir & Its Strategic Importance
Topic: INS Vagir & Its Strategic Importance
- Vice Admiral Satish Soni (Retd., Former Commander-in-Chief, Southern & Eastern Command)
- Lt. Gen. (Dr.) V. K. Saxena (Retd., Distinguished Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation)
- CDR Abhijit Singh (Retd., Head, Maritime Policy Initiative, Observer Research Foundation)
Indian Navy's fifth Scorpene submarine Vagir, having "superior stealth features" like the advanced acoustic absorption technique, was launched today at the Mazagon Dock in south Mumbai. INS Vagir is part of the six Kalvari-class submarines being built in India. The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built as part of Indian Navy's Project-75. These submarines can undertake missions like anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, and area surveillance, an official said. Vagir is named after the Sand Fish, a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean. The first Vagir, a submarine from Russia, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on December 3, 1973, and was decommissioned on June 7, 2001 after almost three decades of service to the nation. The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres of operation, showcasing interoperability with other components of a Naval Task Force.