Aircraft carrier: INS Vikrant

Aircraft carrier: INS Vikrant

Context :

The carrier is set to be commissioned on September 2 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  About the aircraft carrier Vikrant 

    • INS Vikrant is India’s first Indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-1), a part of Atmanirbhar Bharat, It is a shining example in the nation’s quest for ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India Initiative,’ with more than 76 percent indigenous content.”.
    • INS Vikrant was named after the warship that played a crucial role in the 1971 war.
    • It is designed: By the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND), the carrier was built at Cochin Shipyard Limited, a public sector shipyard under the Ministry of Shipping.
    • Vikrant will be the fourth aircraft carrier to be operated by the Indian Navy – the first Vikrant (British origin) from 1961 to 1997.
    •  INS Viraat (British origin) from 1987 to 2016 and INS Vikramaditya (Russian origin) from 2013 onwards.
    •  It is the largest and most complex warship ever to be designed and built in India.

What are the features of INS Vikrant?

  • It has expected to have a top speed of around 28 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots with an endurance of about 7,500 nautical miles. 
  • The ship can accommodate an assortment of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft.
  • It has over 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1,700 people, including specialised cabins to accommodate women officers.
  • The ship includes Barak LR SAM and AK-630, while it has MFSTAR and RAN-40L 3D radars as sensors. The vessel has a Shakti EW (Electronic Warfare) Suite.

How it will help?

  • INS-Vikrant will inflate peace, security and stability in the Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific Region.
  • The combat capability, reach and versatility of the aircraft carrier will add formidable capabilities in the defence of the country 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, including air interdiction, anti-surface warfare, offensive and defensive counter-air, airborne anti-submarine warfare and airborne 
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