INS Vikrant, India’s indigenous aircraft carrier
Part of: Prelims and GS III – Defence and Security
INS Vikrant is a realisation of the nation’s dream of an indigenous carrier – a ‘great icon for our drive towards Atma Nirbhar Bharat’.
- Vikrant is India’s most complex warship to have been indigenously built by Cochin Shipyard for the Indian Navy.
- Cochin Shipyard Limited is the largest public sector shipyard and the only shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
- At present, India has only one aircraft carrier, the Russian-origin INS Vikramaditya.
About iNS Vikrant (IAC-1)
- The vessel, to be named Vikrant after the decommissioned maiden carrier of the Navy.
- It will have an air component of 30 aircraft, comprising MiG-29K fighter jets, Kamov-31 airborne early warning helicopters and the soon-to-be-inducted MH-60R multi-role helicopter, besides the indigenous Advanced Light Helicopters.
- The shipborne weapons include Barak LR SAM and AK-630, while it has MFSTAR and RAN-40L 3D radars as sensors.
- It has a pair of runways and a ‘short take off but arrested recovery’ system to control aircraft operations.
- The combat capability, reach and versatility of the aircraft carrier will add formidable capabilities in the defence and help secure India’s interests in the maritime domain.
- It would offer an incomparable military instrument with its ability to project air power over long distances.
News Source: PIB