India operates a new missile submarine
Naval Group has announced that the Indian Navy has started operating a new missile submarine.
A company press release said: “On Monday, January 23, a ceremony was held at the MDL shipyard in Mumbai to celebrate the operation of the Vagir submarine for the benefit of the Indian Army, which is the fifth calvary. The submarine will be manufactured for the Indian Ministry of Defense and the Indian Navy Chief of Staff and Naval Group Executive Vice President Laurent Espinas attended the event.
On this occasion, Laurent Espinas said: “The operation of the new submarine is an important event for our company, the Indian Navy, the Indian shipyard MDL and all our industry partners.”
A spokesman for the Naval Group indicated that a sixth Kalvari-class submarine designed for the Indian Army is currently being tested and should officially enter service in 2024.
In 2005, the Indian Ministry of Defense signed contracts with Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders and the French company Naval Group to develop 6 Kalvari-class submarines for the Indian army, with the first submarine of this type being delivered to the Indian army in 2017. The second submarine was commissioned in 2019, and the third and fourth submarines began service with the troops in March 2021.
Each Calvari submarine is about 67.5 m long, 6.2 m wide and has a displacement of 1775 tons. It can carry a crew of 44 and move at a speed of 20 knots. These submarines can be used for military searches and reconnaissance, operations for the destruction of enemy submarines and ships, and coastal protection. And the navy, was also equipped with SUT 266 torpedoes of 533 mm caliber, and anti-ship missiles SM-39.
Source: Weapons of Russia