Mumbai: The Indian Navy will commission its 5th diesel-electric Scorpene submarine, named INS Vagir, next week. The sixth and last submarine of this class will be commissioned in the Indian Navy by the end of this year. India had signed deals for 6 Scorpene class submarines with French companies in 2005 for the Project-75 project worth over Rs 23,000 crore. Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar will be the chief guest at the commissioning ceremony of INS Vagir at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on January 23. This ‘Project-75’ underway at Mazagon Docks (MDL) in collaboration with M/s Naval Group, France has resulted in huge cost and time overruns.
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But the bigger concern now is the continuing huge delay in the follow-on program under the ‘strategic partnership’ model to build 6 more advanced diesel-electric submarines at a cost of over Rs 42,000 crore under ‘Project-75-India’. The Chinese Navy is continuously increasing its strength in the Indian Ocean region, it should be seen in the context of the Indian Navy’s lack of weapon systems required for underwater combat. Foreign companies to build 6 new Scorpene submarines in collaboration with MDL or private L&T Shipyard (MLD, L&T Shipyard) have been given another extension to submit their commercial and technical bids till August this year.
The ‘Acceptance for Necessity’ for Project-75I submarines was first given in November 2007. Submarines of this class will be equipped with both land-attack cruise missiles as well as air-independent propulsion for long-term deep underwater survival. After the signing of the contract, it will take about a decade for the first such submarine to be ready. China, which has 50 diesel-electric and 10 nuclear submarines, is meanwhile in the process of supplying 8 Yuan-class diesel-electric submarines with AIP to Pakistan. The Navy said on Thursday that the induction of INS Vagir (Sand Shark) would enhance its capability to advance India’s maritime interests.
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A naval officer said, ‘INS Vagir is capable of carrying out various missions including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, laying mines and surveillance missions. 4 Scorpene submarines of Project-75 have already been commissioned in the Indian Navy as INS Kalvari, INS Khanderi, INS Karanj and INS Vela, which are equipped with long range guided torpedoes and tube-launched anti-ship missiles as well as advanced sonar And are equipped with sensor suits. The last Scorpene submarine of Project-75, INS Vagshir, will be delivered by the end of 2023. Apart from these, the Navy is operating with only 6 old Russian Kilo-class and 4 German HDW submarines in the underwater fleet. On the nuclear front, India currently has only one operational SSBN (naval parlance for submarines armed with nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles) INS Arihant, while another INS Arighat is getting ready to join the fleet soon. The Navy needs at least 18 conventional submarines, 4 SSBNs and 6 nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) to deal with the threat posed by the China-Pakistan nexus.
Tags: Indian Navy, Navy, Submarines
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 20, 2023, 07:42 IST