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India’s First Indigenously Built Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant To Get Commissioned On September 2

INS Vikrant, with a displacement of 42,800 tonnes, is powered by four General Electric engines and can carry an air wing of 30 helicopters, fighters, and UAVs.

India Ahead’s Palak Sharma had the proud opportunity to get on-board the magnificent ship and take a look at what makes this ship special.

India’s first indigenously built Aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is all set to get commissioned on the September 2, 2022. India Ahead had the proud opportunity to get on-board the magnificent ship and closely look at what makes this ship special.

INS Vikrant has been designed for operating the MiG-29K, however the Indian Navy will subsequently deploy the indigenous TEDBF fighter aircraft for which it has been working with DRDO.

“Made with a cost of 19,500 crores, the ship is one of a kind and brings India at par with the top indigenous defence manufacturing countries around the world “ said Vice Admiral M A Hampiholi, Flag Officer, Commanding-in Chief, Southern Naval Command.

The ship is constructed by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) and designed by the Directorate of Naval Design. . INS Vikrant, with a displacement of 42,800 tonnes, is powered by four General Electric engines and can carry an air wing of 30 helicopters, fighters, and UAVs.

The aircraft carrier also boasts of a one of its kind medical facility. With a fully equipped operation theatre and a CT scan facility with the latest machinery that no previous India Navy ship has been installed with.

The ship has 3 Galleys with fully automatic machines that help prepare meals for the 1600 crew members present on board at any given time. What also makes INS Vikrant special is the separate accommodation for Women officers and female Agniveer sailors amongst its 2300 compartments.

“Using an aircraft-operation mode known as Short Take Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR), INS Vikrant is equipped with a ski-jump for launching aircraft, and a set of three ‘arrester wires’ for their recovery on-board.” Said the Indian Navy in a statement.

The aircraft carrier can go up to a maximum speed of 28 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots. The endurance of the carrier is said to be 7500 nautical miles.

“Once the carrier is commissioned, its launch and recovery trials will begin. The next step will be her integration with the fleet” said Vice Admiral M A Hampiholi,
Flag Officer, Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command.

The commissioning ceremony of INS Vikrant will take place on September 2 in Kochi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest.

Palak Sharma, Editor Defence, India Ahead News

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