The Indian Navy took the delivery of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier ‘INS Vikrant‘ from Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), Kochi today on Thursday. The Indian Navy has made maritime history today.
The carrier is named after her legendary predecessor, India’s first Aircraft Carrier. Since it was instrumental in the war of 1971. And was designed by the Indian Navy’s internal Directorate of Naval Design (DND). And was built by CSL, a Public Sector Shipyard under the Ministry of Shipping (MoS). Moreover, the fact that Vikrant’s resurrection coincided with the 75th anniversary of India’s independence festivities. Or “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,” is a true testament to the nation’s energy. And devotion to pursuing capability development for improved maritime security.
Also, IAC serves as a shining example of the country’s pursuit of “Aatma Nirbhar Bharat” and gives government’s “Make in India” push momentum. With the delivery of Vikrant, India has joined a small group of countries with the specialised capacity to design and construct an aircraft carrier domestically.
As the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vikrant, the indigenous aircraft carrier would soon be commissioned into the Indian Navy. Strengthening India’s position in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and its pursuit of a blue water Navy.
Further, INS Vikrant was developed to accept a variety of fixed wing. And rotary aircraft and has been engineered with a high degree of automation for technology operations, ship navigation, and survival. The ship would be able to fly an air wing of 30 aircraft. Including MIG-29K fighter jets, Kamov-31 multi-role helicopters, MH-60R multi-role helicopters. As well as Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) made in-house (Navy). The IAC is outfitted with a ski-jump for launching aircraft and a series of “arrester wires” for their recovery onboard, both of. Which are used in the innovative aircraft-operation mode known as STOBAR (Short Take-Off but Arrested Landing).
The Commanding Officer Designate of Vikrant, representatives of Naval Headquarters and the Warship Overseeing Team (Kochi). And the Chairman and Managing Director on behalf of Cochin Shipyard Ltd. signed the acceptance documents on behalf of the Indian Navy. Hence, to mark the delivery of Vikrant in the presence of senior officers from the Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard.