New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to launch India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi today.
Earlier on Thursday, PM Modi took to Twitter and wrote, “Tomorrow, 2nd September is a landmark day for India’s efforts to become Aatmanirbhar in the defence sector.”
“The first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant will be commissioned. The new Naval Ensign (Nishaan) will also be unveiled,” the tweet reads.
Why It Is Important
With the launch of INS Vikrant, India will have two operational aircraft carriers, which will support the maritime security of the country. As per the Indian Navy, the 262-meter-long carrier has a full displacement of close to 45,000 tonnes, which is much larger and more advanced than her predecessor.
INS Vikrant Features
IAC Vikrant consist of 14 decks with 2,300 compartments which can carry around 1,500 sea warriors and to cater to the food requirements, around 10,000 chapatis or rotis are made in the ship’s kitchen, which is called the ship’s galley.
The ship is powered by four Gas Turbines equaling 88 MW power and has a maximum speed of 28 Knots.
The ship would be capable of operating an air wing consisting of 30 aircraft comprising of MIG-29K fighter jets, Kamov-31, MH-60R multi-role helicopters, in addition to indigenously manufactured Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) (Navy).
The ship has a large number of indigenous equipment and machinery, involving major industrial houses in the country viz. BEL, BHEL, GRSE, Keltron, Kirloskar, Larsen & Toubro, Wartsila India etc. as well as over 100 MSMEs.
Speaking about the specifications of IAC Vikrant, Vice Admiral Hampiholi was quoted as saying, “Vikrant carries a mix of about 30 aircraft. It could fly the MiG 29k fighter aircraft in anti-air, anti-surface and land attack roles.”
“It will be able to operate the Kamov 31 which is an early air warning helicopter, the recently inducted but yet-to-be commissioned MH-60R which is a multi-role helicopter as also our very indigenous ALH. It displaces about 45,000 tonnes which is definitely the largest warship in the Indian naval inventory,” he further added.
With overall facilities and description, IAC is an ideal example of the nation’s pride for ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’. It provides a thrust to Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
(With Inputs from ANI)