Yard 11880, the sixth and final submarine of the Indian Navy’s Kalvari class submarines of Mission 75 has been launched on the Kanhoji Angre Moist Basin of Mazagon Dock Restricted (MDL). Dr Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary was the Chief Visitor on the ceremony and the submarine named ‘Vagsheer’ was launched by Mrs Veena Ajay Kumar. The ceremony was attended by senior naval officers together with Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command Vice Admiral AB Singh, Vice Chief of the Naval Employees Vice Admiral SN Ghormade and dignitaries each from Built-in Headquarters Ministry of Defence (Navy), Headquarters Western Naval Command and officers from Director Basic De ? Armament, France and Naval Group, France.

INS Vagsheer (S26) is the sixth submarine of the primary batch of six Kalvari-class submarines for the Indian Navy. It’s a diesel-electric assault submarine primarily based on the Scorpène class, designed by French naval defence and vitality group Naval Group and manufactured by Mazagon Dock Restricted, an Indian shipyard in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The ship was launched on 20 April 2022. The submarine has been named after the INS Vagsheer (S43), a Vela-class submarine of the Indian Navy which was in service from 1974 to 1997. Vagsheer refers to a sort of sandfish discovered within the Indian Ocean. The launch of the ultimate submarine follows the launch of the fifth unit within the class, INS Vagir, in November 2020. Between these two launches, India commissioned the fourth unit, INS Vela, in November 2021.


The submarine named ‘Vagsheer’ was launched by Mrs Veena Ajay Kumar, consistent with Indian Naval traditions of launch/ naming by a woman.

The Kalvari class is a category of diesel-electric assault submarines primarily based on the Scorpène-class submarine being constructed for the Indian Navy. The category and submarines take their names from the primary submarines inducted within the Indian Navy. The submarines are designed by French naval defence and vitality firm DCNS and are being manufactured by Mazagon Dock Restricted in Mumbai. This class is provided with six 533-mm torpedo tubes for a mixture of 18 heavyweight wire-guided German-made Floor and Underwater Goal (SUT) torpedoes and SM39 Exocet anti-ship missiles or 30 mines instead of each. The category can also be fitted with cell C303/S anti-torpedo decoys for self-defence. Every submarine has a complement of 8 officers and 35 sailors.

The Kalvari class is able to offensive operations throughout the whole spectrum of naval warfare together with anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying and space surveillance. It has a size of 67.5 m (221 ft), top of 12.3 m (40 ft), total beam of 6.2 m (20 ft) and a draught of 5.8 m (19 ft). It may attain a prime velocity of 20 kn (37 km/h) when submerged and a most velocity of 11 kn (20 km/h) when surfaced. The submarine has a spread of 6,500 nmi (12,000 km) at 8 kn (15 km/h) when surfaced.[2] Every ship is powered by 4 MTU 12V 396 SE84 diesel engines, has 360 battery cells (750 kg every), for energy and has a silent Completely Magnetised Propulsion Motor.