India’s first indigenously-built largest aircraft carrier INS Vikrant was successfully undocked at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) in Cochin district of Kerala.
The ship will undergo a series of fitment and trial processes along with series of static and dynamic trials before inducting it into the Indian Navy in end-2018.
With successful completion of construction of INS Vikrant India joins elite group of four nations in the world viz United States, Russia, United Kingdom and France that are capable of designing and constructing aircraft carriers.
The carrier was officially launched in August 2013 after its first phase of construction was completed. It was first left its dry dock in December 2011.
Facts about INS Vikrant
- It name Vikrant, means “courageous” in Sanskrit or “bold” in Hindi,
- The carrier has a length of over 260 metres and breadth of 60 metres. It weighs around 40,000 tonne.
- It has two take-off runways and a landing strip with three arrester wires having short-take off but arrested recovery (STOBAR) system.
- On completion it will carry up to 36 fixed-wing jets, including MiG-29 K and indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.
- It will additionally carry ten helicopters such as Kamov Ka-31s, Westland Sea Kings, or indigenously-built Dhruvs.
- The basic design of the carrier is done by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and was developed into detailed design by the design team of CSL.
After induction into Indian Navy its primary role will only be to defend the naval fleet and will be positioned in the Indian Ocean region where the world’s commercial and economic interests conflate.