Sixth and last submarine, ‘Vagsheer’, set for April 20 launch

Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders to deliver the Scorpene by March 2023

geetanjali

Geetanjali Minhas | April 16, 2022 | Mumbai


#Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders   #defence   #Indian Navy  
‘Vagsheer’, the last boat of a series of six submarines (GN Photo)
‘Vagsheer’, the last boat of a series of six submarines (GN Photo)

With the fifth Submarine ‘Vagir’ undergoing mandatory sea trails for completion before the delivery schedule, Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) will launch ‘Vagsheer’, the last boat of a series of six submarines, under the P75 Submarine Project on April 20.

After the launch of Vagsheer, important machinery like the Main Engine and Main Motor will undergo harbour trails followed by sea trails planned from January 2023 culminating with its delivery by March 2023.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, work on Vagsheer has been proactively undertaken by MDL on a continuous basis with boot together and battery loading completed on January 18, 2021 and February 23, 2022 respectively.

The sixth scorpene, Vagsheer, is equipped with six torpedo tubes of 533 mm. During any major operation it can carry 18 torpedoes or SM39 anti-sheep missiles with it. This submarine also has the ability to lay mines in the sea to destroy the enemy. It is equipped with modern navigation and tracking systems and is fully capable of operating in any type of weather conditions.

Earlier, INS Kalvari was commissioned into the Indian Navy on December 14, 2017 by prime minister Narendra Modi. The second, third and fourth Scorpenes – INS  Khanderi, INS Karanj, and INS Vela – were commissioned  into the Indian Navy on September 28, 2019, March 10, 2021 and November 25, 2021, respectively. The fifth submarine is in advanced stages of outfitting.   

MDL officials said that despite enormous challenges faced during thepandemic in 2020-21, MDL successfully delivered INS Karanj and INS Vela in one calendar year, on February 15, 2021 and November 9, 2021, respectively.  

INS Karanj was the first submarine to be constructed completely by the Indian teams of MDL and Indian Navy keeping with the country’s vision of achieving self-reliance in meeting the needs of the Indian defense forces.

Officials said that it is a proud moment for them that very intense efforts have been made to manufacture indigenous equipment like main batteries, gas analyzers, intercoms, AC plants, RO plants, and have installed them onboard to the extent feasible, thereby achieving maximum indigenization in SM6. “These steps are in the right direction of our prime minister’s vision to make India Atma-Nirbhar,” said an official.

MDL chairman and managing director Vice Admiral (retd) Narayan Prasad said that currently Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders has an order book of Rs 46,000 crore which essentially comprises six submarine projects, project 15 Bravo Destroyers and Project 17 Alpha Stealth frigates.

“We have delivered four submarines and one destroyer. These programmes are going to extend for the next three-four years. We are trying to launch three platforms – one Submarine, one Project 15 Bravo Destroyer and one Stealth Frigate in April and May this year and deliver submarine and 15 Bravo Destroyer by end of the year,” he told media persons on Friday.

MDL has completed modernisation and upgradation of its facilities to contemporary world-class infrastructure with 4 Drydocks, 3 Slipways, 2 Wet Basins and facilities with Virtual Reality Lab, product data management product lifecycle management modular integrated construction enabling capacity and capability to undertake construction and repair of 10 Warships and 11 Submarines simultaneously.

MDL through Project 75 has created and nurtured a core team of young and skilled workforce, build indigenous first-of-class of submarine outside designers yard, set up shore integration facility for validation and training of Combat system prior installation onboard and successful live missile firing prior delivery on INS Kalvari.

Along with absorbing transfer of technology, MDL has also implemented improvements like computerized inspection management system.

Leveraging the experience and the transfer of technology of the Scorpene Project with enhanced and upgraded infrastructure, MDL will now undertake future projects like integration of Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) plug on P75 Submarines and is a very strong contender for building 6 nos. conventional submarines under the big-ticket programme of P751 of Indian Navy.

As the lead Defence Shipyard of India, MDL has kept up with the latest trends in shipbuilding and undergone massive modernization program called The Mazdock Modernisation Programme (MMP).

In recognition of its contribution to indigenisation initiatives, MDL was conferred with the ‘Governance Now 5th PSU Award 2018’ for playing pivotal role in Make in India.             

 

Comments

 

Other News

Gripping graphic narrative helps make sense of pandemics past

The Moral Contagion By Julia Hauser and Sarnath Banerjee HarperCollins, 140 pages, Rs 699 The world has lar

“Globally, there is unprecedented positivity for India”

Addressing the Viksit Bharat Viksit Uttar Pradesh program in Lucknow on Monday, prime minister Narendra Modi launched 14,000 projects across the state, worth more than Rs 10 lakh crore at the fourth groundbreaking ceremony of UP Global Investors Summit held in February 2023. The projects relate to sectors

World’s biggest bird-a-thon begins in India

During the four days from Feb 16, more than a thousand birdwatchers throughout India are coming together with the goal of documenting as many birds as possible across the country’s diverse locations. Over one lakh birdwatchers globally participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Coun

Comments sought on Draft Guidelines for Prevention of Misleading Advt in Coaching Sector

The Central Consumer Protection Authority has sought public comments on the ‘Draft Guidelines for Prevention of Misleading Advertisement in Coaching Sector’. The draft guidelines are placed on the website of the Department of Consumer Affairs and are accessible through the link:

Electoral bond scheme unconstitutional: Supreme Court

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India has held the anonymous, unregulated and unlimited funding through electoral bonds and companies as unconstitutional. The five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court comprising chief justice DY Chandrachud and justices Sanjiv Khanna, B

Interim Budget and frontier technology: Sab ka Vikas, Sab ki Technology

The world is at the cusp of a revolution based on Industry 4.0 and green technologies, including AI, big data, IoT, EVs, solar power, etc., which offer developing countries the opportunity to leapfrog into economic prosperity. However, India’s gross expenditure on R&D (GERD) still stands at a mea

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Linkedin Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter