The Indian Navy has acquired the indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. The Cochin Shipyard on Thursday handed over the locally built aircraft carrier Vikrant to the navy. It was designed by the Office of Naval Operations of the Navy. The warship will be operational from August 15, Independence Day. Initially, it was decided that the warship would belong to the Western Naval Command.
It is India’s first aircraft carrier. It is named after the Indian Navy (INS) vessel Vikrant. Because this warship played an important role in the 1971 war. The weight of this 262 meter long warship is about 45,000 tons. This aircraft carrier is a very large and sophisticated warship. It is powered by four gas turbines. For this, it requires a power of 88 MW. Its maximum speed is 28 knots.
An agreement has been reached between the Ministry of Defense and the shipyard. According to this contract, this warship was built at a cost of around 20,000 crores. This warship was made with approximately 76% indigenous materials. What the Ministry of Defense considers a symbol of Indian independence. With the transfer of the navy to Vikrant, India entered the ranks of indigenous aircraft carrier design and construction.
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The ship can operate an air wing consisting of 30 aircraft, including MIG-29K, Kamov-31 combat aircraft, MH-60R multi-role helicopters, in addition to advanced light helicopters and locally developed light combat aircraft. . Using a new mode of aircraft operation known as STOBAR (short takeoff but arrested landing), aircraft can take off by ski jump from an aircraft carrier. Additionally, a set of “stop wires” were also made to secure the aircraft on board.
The aircraft carrier uses a large amount of indigenous equipment and machinery from major industrial enterprises in the country such as BEL, BHEL, GRSE, Keltron, Kirloskar, Larsen & Toubro, Wartsila India as well as hundreds of micro, small and medium companies. As a result, employment opportunities have been created.
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