India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant set sail from Kochi for its second sea trial

Oct 25, 2021

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

INS Vikrant, which is India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier is all set...

...sail from Kochi for its second sea trials ahead of its induction by the Indian Navy in August 2022.

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The aircraft carrier weighs 40,000 tonnes and...

...is the largest and most complex warship that has been built in India.

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The first sea trial of the warship was ‘satisfactory’, said an official in a statement.

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The INS Vikrant has also successfully completed its five-day maiden sea voyage in August this year.

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Cost

The warship has been built at a cost of around ₹23,000 crore by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), which began in 2009.

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Operation

It will carry MiG-29K fighter jets, Kamov-31 helicopters, and MH-60R multi-role helicopters.

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Capacity

It has been designed in such a way that can fit 1,700 crew members with over 2,300 compartments including specialised cabinets to accommodate women officers.

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Speed

The top speed of IAC Vikrant is 28 knots and the cruising speed is 18 knots with endurance of about 7,500 nautical miles.

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Dimensions

The aircraft is 59 metres (m) in height and 262 m long and 62m wide.

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India is reportedly focusing on bolstering its presence in the Indian Ocean...

...keeping in view of China’s increasing efforts in the region.

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