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The Indian Navy’s much-anticipated INS Vagsheer, the sixth and final Kalvari-class submarine, is set to see a delay in its induction. Launched in April 2022 from the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai, in collaboration with the Naval Group of France, the submarine was initially expected to join the Indian Navy in early 2024.

The INS Vagsheer began its sea trials in May 2023, a crucial step before its official commissioning. However, recent reports suggest the induction has been pushed back to November or December of this year. While the official reasons for the delay haven’t been disclosed by MDL, sources speculate it might be due to the integration and testing of indigenous equipment.

The Kalvari-class submarines are based on the Scorpène design, but the INS Vagsheer reportedly features some indigenous systems replacing those originally planned. These new systems necessitate a revalidation process to ensure they meet operational standards. This additional testing could be a contributing factor to the delay.

While the exact cause of the delay remains unconfirmed by MDL, the potential for testing indigenous equipment highlights India’s growing self-reliance in defense technology. The INS Vagsheer’s eventual induction will be a significant addition to the Indian Navy’s underwater deterrence capabilities.

The Indian Navy and defense enthusiasts alike will be keeping a close watch on developments concerning the INS Vagsheer. With the latter half of 2024 approaching, its official induction remains a cause for anticipation.

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