On Sunday, Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) successfully completed five days crucial sea trial to test the performance of the 40,000 tons warship for which she had sailed from Kochi on Wednesday for its planned enlistment into the Indian Navy by August next year. IAC Vikrant, constructed at a price of approximately Rs 23,000 crore, fifty years after its name played a significant role in the 1971 war.
The trails were reviewed by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval Command on the last of Trail and Trails Progressed as plan and requirements of system parameters proved to be satisfactory.
The carrier would still endure series of ocean trials to demonstrate all instrumentation and systems before turning in the vessel to the Indian Navy. The Indian Ocean, thought-about the curtilage of the Indian Navy, is significant to the country’s strategic interests. Throughout the course of exercise, the ship’s performance, including main propulsion, hull, Distribution (PGD), Power Generation and auxiliary equipment were all tested, said by the Navy.
The aircraft carrier is at the length of 262 meters, 62 meters wide and a height of 59 metres with the superstructure. There are in total fourteen decks, with five in the superstructure.
This warship can function MH-60R multi-role helicopters, Kamov-31 helicopters, MiG-29K fighter jets. It’s over 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of approximately 1700 people, together with specialized cabins to accommodate ladies officers. The ship has a high degree of automation for machine performance, ship survivability and navigation is designed for a large number of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.
The Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND) who designed IAC ‘Vikrant is being constructed at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), a Public Sector Shipyard under the Ministry of Shipping (MoS). For the Indian Navy’s “Make in India” and “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” initiative IAC is a leading example of the nation’s quest, with greater than 76 percent of indigenous content.
The successful completion of maiden trials sorties, in spite of faced challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic and COVID protocols in place, is the statement to the committed efforts of a huge number of stakeholders for a decade. This is a significant milestone historical event and activity. The carrier will go through a series of sea trials to demonstrate all equipment and systems earlier to its delivery in 2022.
Delivery of Vikrant is aimed to happen with celebrations to acknowledge the 75th anniversary of India’s independence ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. With the delivery of IAC, India will join an elite group of nations with the ability to build an Aircraft Carrier and indigenously design and also provides thrust to Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Delivery of IAC will also build up India’s stature in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) with its pursuit for the blue water Navy.
Currently, India has only one aircraft carrier and that is INS Vikramaditya.