Indian Navy’s fifth Kalvari-class Diesel Electric attack submarine INS Vagir was launched recently at Mazgaon Dock in Mumbai.
The other vessels in the class are INS Kalvari, INS Khanderi, INS Karanj, INS Vela and INS Vagsheer.
About Kalvari Class of Submarines
This class of submarines have Diesel Electric transmission systems and these are primarily attack submarines designed to target and sink adversary naval vessels.
They can be used in anti-warship and anti-submarine operations, intelligence gathering and surveillance and naval mine laying.
These submarines are built under Project 75.
Being constructed by Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai.
Design is based on Scorpene class of submarines designed and developed by French defence major Naval Group formerly DCNS and Spanish state-owned entity Navantia.
Facts for Prelims:
Kalvari – means Tiger Shark.
Viagra has been named after a Sand Fish, a predatory marine species.
Khanderi has been named after an Island Fort built by Chhatrapati Shivaji, which played a key role in his Navy.
Karanj has also been named after an Island located South of Mumbai.
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India currently operates one submarine each in nuclear-powered Classes of Chakra and Arihant and in addition to 14 submarines belonging to 3 classes of Diesel Electric category — Kalvari, Shishumar and Sindhughosh.
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