INS VIKRANT: India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier

India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS VIKRANT successfully completed a five-day maiden sea voyage as the performance of the key systems of the 40,000-tonne warship was found to be satisfactory. The ship with a high degree of automation for machinery operation, ship navigation, and survivability has been designed to accommodate an assortment of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. Now let’s see the Features of INS Vikrant and its importance.

INS Vikrant Feature and Design:

INS Vikrant is Designed by the Directorate of Naval Design, the aircraft carrier can operate a combination of Russian MiG-29K, Ka31, and the indigenous light combat aircraft. It will be powered by two LM-2500 gas turbines. The ship will have an overall length of 260m and a breadth of 60m and its displacement will be 40,000t.

The ship can accommodate 1,600 personnel, air group, and troops. The design of the INS Vikrant incorporates highly automated systems for machinery operation, ship navigation, and survivability.

Navy INS Vikrant Specifications:

  • The Indian navy ship offered a speed of about 25 knots which was later on curtailed to about 12 knots due to technical problems.
  • The ship measured 192 metres lengthwise, 24.4 metres beam wise and 7.3 metres draft wise
  • For its act of bravery in a time of extreme need and importance, the ship was awarded Indian military medals of honour – the Mahavir Chakras (two) and the Vir Chakras (12).

The ship is constructed from high-strength steel manufactured in-house with the assistance of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Steel Authority of India. These aircraft carriers will be the biggest warships ever built by CSL.

The delivery of Vikrant is being targeted to coincide with celebrations to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence ”Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Importance of INS VIKRANT for Indian Navy:-

The lesson for India here is to start working on improving technical, technological, and operational coordination between the Air Force and the Navy to effectively face the challenges in the maritime domain in the Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific. This INS VIKRANT will give immense power to our navy. As china continually increasing its naval warfare. We also need to be strong in Naval.

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