Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant to the Navy. On this occasion, PM Modi also unveiled the new naval flag of the Navy. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Governor Arif Mohammad Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan were present on the occasion
The test landing of the aircraft on INS Vikrant will begin in November, which will be completed by the middle of 2023. INS Vikrant was retired from the Navy on 31 January 1997, now after almost 25 years, INS Vikrant is being reborn once again.
Specifications Of INS Vikrant
The ship has been named ‘INS Vikrant’ after Indian Navy’s predecessor ship Vikrant, which played a key role in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The ship has been designed by the Navy’s Warship Design Bureau. At the same time, the construction has been done by the public sector shipyard Cochin Shipyard Limited. 30 aircraft can easily be operated on this ship.
Vikrant is big and grand and special
PM Modi said in his address, Vikrant is big and grand, Vikrant is different, Vikrant is special. Vikrant is not just a warship, it is a testament to the hard work, talent, influence and commitment of 21st century India. Today, here on the coast of Kerala, India, every Indian, is witnessing the sunrise of a new future. This event being held on INS Vikrant is a shout out of India’s rising spirits on the world horizon.
Flying deck is bigger than two football fields
On this occasion, Modi told that it is more of a floating airfield than a warship, it is a floating city. The amount of electricity generated in this can light 5,000 homes. Its flying deck is also bigger than two football fields. All the wires used in this can reach from Cochin to Kashi. The steel installed in its airbase is also indigenous.
What is the specialty of INS Vikrant
Vikrant is an aircraft carrier weighing 40 thousand tons. INS Vikrant Aircraft Carrier is an air force station floating above the sea from where the nefarious designs of enemies can be destroyed through fighter jets, missiles, drones.
Only America, Russia, Britain and France in the world have the capacity to build aircraft carriers weighing 40 thousand and above. 32 Barak-8 missiles can be fired from INS Vikrant.
Vikrant is capable of carrying 20 MiG-29 fighter aircraft and ten helicopters. After the retirement of INS Viraat in 2017, India has only one aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya. 30 aircraft will be deployed on INS Vikrant, which will have 20 fighter aircraft and 10 helicopters. From the month of November this year, MiG-29K fighter jets will start being deployed on Vikrant.