INS Vikramaditya Current Affairs - 2019
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India’s only aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya for the first time will be fitted with marine hydraulic system to boost the air operations of the ship. It will be fitted with two marine hydraulic systems whose technical terms go by “GS-1MF” and “GS-3”.
Marine hydraulic systems GS-1MF and GS-3 will be used for refuelling, cleaning and pressurisation of hydraulic systems of aircraft and helicopters on board INS Vikramaditya. GS-1MF hydraulic system is used in helicopters, while GS-3 is used in aircraft. The upgrades and sea trials these systems will be done in India.
The system will be installed by Technodinamika, a subsidiary of Russia’s Rostec State Corporation by May 2019. Technodinamika specialises in development, manufacturing and after-sale servicing for systems and equipment of civil and military aircraft.
Currently it is most powerful aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy. It was built in 1987 and had served the Soviet navy (named as Baku). It was later renamed Admiral Gorshkov under the Russian navy. India had purchased it in 2004 at cost of $2.3 billion and was commissioned in Indian Navy in November 2013 at Severodvinsk in Russia.
INS Vikramaditya design is based on Kiev-class aircraft carriers. It is 284 metres long and 60 metres high (high as 20-storeyed building). It weighs 40,000 tonnes and is biggest and heaviest ship in e Indian Navy. Its air wing consists of 30 MiG 29K fighter jets and six Kamov helicopters. It is based at its home port at Karwar in Karnataka.
Indian Navy successfully conducted maiden test of short range surface-to-air Barak missile from country’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
The test was conducted in the Arabian Sea in which missile was fired against a live, low-flying, high-speed target. The missile successfully engaged and destroyed the target, validating operational readiness inspection of the Western Fleet of the Indian Navy.
About INS Vikramaditya
- INS Vikramaditya is the country’s sole aircraft carrier (after retirement of INS Viraat in March 2017).
- It was built in 1987 and had served the Soviet navy (named as Baku). It was later renamed Admiral Gorshkov under the Russian navy.
- The Indian navy purchased the vessel in 2004 and commissioned it in November 2013 at Severodvinsk in Russia.
- The Kiev-class vessel weighs 44,500 tonne. Its overall length is 284 meters and has maximum beam of about 60 meters
- It can carry over 30 aircraft comprising MiG-29Ks, Kamov-28s, Kamov-31s, ALH-Dhruv and Chetak helicopters. It was retrofitted with a Barak missile system under joint development with Israel.