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INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, will be handed over to the Indian navy

The second sea trials of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant began, ahead of her anticipated induction into the Indian Navy in August next year. In August, the 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, India’s largest and most sophisticated warship, successfully conducted a five-day maiden sea cruise.

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KEY POINTS:

  • The Navy stated that the performance of the warship’s key systems was found to be satisfactory following the first sea trials.
  • The battleship was built at a cost of approximately 23,000 crore, propelling India into a restricted group of countries with the capability to develop cutting-edge aircraft carriers.
  • MiG-29K fighter jets, Kamov-31 helicopters, and MH-60R multi-role helicopters will be used by the warship.
  • It features almost 2,300 compartments, with specialised quarters for female officers, and is meant for a crew of around 1,700 people.
  • According to officials, Vikrant has a top speed of roughly 28 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots, with a range of about 7,500 nautical miles.
  • The IAC is 262 metres long, 62 metres wide, and stands 59 metres tall. It has been under construction since 2009.
  • Cochin Shipyard Limited constructed the warship.
  • INS Vikramaditya is India’s only aircraft carrier at the moment.
  • In light of China’s expanding military presence in the Indian Ocean region, the Indian Navy has been working on greatly enhancing its overall capabilities.
  • The Indian Navy considers the Indian Ocean to be its backyard, and it is vital to the nation’s strategic interests.

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