Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated the first indigenously built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant to the nation at the Kochi Shipyard. Special Features of INS Vikrant Warship:
- A significant initiative towards self-reliance in the military sector is INS Vikrant, a fully indigenously designed and developed aircraft carrier.
- Designed by the Office of Naval Design of the Indian Navy and built by Kochi Shipbuilding, a public sector undertaking under the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Vikrant is the largest warship in Indian maritime history with state-of-the-art automated features.
- The warship is also named after India’s first aircraft carrier which played a major role in the 1971 war.
- The Vikrant Warship houses equipment and machinery from over 100 MSMEs and India’s largest industrial enterprises.
- After the induction of the Vikrant warship into the Indian Navy, it has been reported that two aircraft carriers will be operational in the Indian Navy to strengthen the country’s maritime security.
Background of INS Vikrant: The Indian Navy already had an aircraft carrier named INS Vikrant. Purchased from England, this ship served in the Indian Navy from 1961 to 1997. The ship played an important role in the 1971 Pakistan war. INS Vikrant was a museum from 2002 to 2012 after decommissioning. The ship was scrapped in 2014-15 after falling into disrepair. Subsequently, it was decided to add a new aircraft carrier of the same name to the Indian Navy.
Accordingly, such a vessel was manufactured locally. This new warship INS Vikrant was launched and commissioned in 2013. With all the work on the ship completed, it was recently handed over to the Navy and has now been dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Modi.
> Cost: At a cost of Rs 20,000 crore, the new warship, designed by the Navy’s Warship Design Wing and manufactured at the Kochi Shipyard, has many modern automated features. The ship features products from more than 100 Indian MSMEs. In this regard, the Prime Minister’s Office said, ‘In the field of defence, the new Vikrant INS ship is a great example of the Prime Minister’s self-reliance India policy’.
Deputy Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral S.N. Garmet says, “The trial of loading and unloading naval warplanes on the new ship will begin in November and will be completed by the middle of next year. MiG-29K fighter jets will be operated on this ship for the first few years,” he said. The induction of INS Vikrant into the Navy is seen as a significant step forward in India’s policy of self-reliance in the defense sector.
Specialties of INS Vikrant: The new INS Vikrant is 262 meters long, 59 meters high and 62 meters wide. Its total weight is 40,000 tons. The maximum speed of the ship is 28 knots. The ship has a total of 14 decks and has 2,300 rooms. 1,700 naval officers and soldiers will be on board. It has 34 fighter jets and helicopters.