August 12, 2013

INS Vikrant - India's first aircraft carrier launched Aug 2013

INS Vikrant marks the end of the first phase of its construction on 12/08/2013. India launches first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. It is set to go for extensive trials in 2016 before being inducted into the Navy by 2018 end. 
  • Called as "giant stride" for the nation.
  • Biggest warship to be built in the country.
  • Will be equipped with modern weapons systems including long range surface-to-air missiles (LR SAM) and close-in weapons system (CIWS).
  • Build started in year - November 2006
  • Built at - Cochin Shipyard.
  • Nearly 90% of INS Vikrant's hull has been built indigenously with DRDO and SAIL supplying high quality steel.
  • Other nations capable of designing and building a ship of equivalent size are the US, the UK, Russia and France.

What it can carry?
INS Vikrant - India's first aircraft carrier launched Aug 2013
Carrying capacity-  37500 tonnes or carry 36 fighter planes. The flight deck of IAC will have the capacity to hold 19 aircraft and the hangar inside will have room for 17 fighters.

Fighter aircraft - Mig-29K, Light Combat Aircraft and Kamov-31 helicopters - will deployed on board the carrier which will also carry an array of other weapons systems.

he time interval between the take-offs of two fighters from the ship can be as low as three minutes and can be reduced to less than two minutes.

Launched by: Defence minister AK Antony's wife Elizabeth launched the 37,500-tonne carrier at Kochi shipyard almost four-and-a-half years after its keel was laid by the minister.

To Add:
India unveiled the 6,000-tonne INS Arihant - Nuclear Submarine - Destroyer of Enemies - in 2009 as part of a project to built five such vessels which would be armed with nuclear-tipped missiles and torpedoes.
India will get the refurbished 44,570-tonne Admiral Gorshkov or Vikramaditya, undergoing a refit at the Sevmash Shipyard in North Russia, later this year, 2013.
India currently has one aircraft carrier - a 60-year-old British vessel acquired by India in 1987 and renamed INS Viraat.


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