INS VIKRANT : ” A step towards India’s Atmanirbharta in Defence”

INS VIKRANT : ” A step towards India’s Atmanirbharta in Defence”

                                                                          INS VIKRANT 

Why in News?

Recently PM Modi commissioned India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), INS Vikrant (IAC-1), which is a part of Atma Nirbhar Bharat

About the INS Vikrant

  • INS Vikrant (IAC-I) is the first aircraft carrier to be built in India and the first Vikrant-class aircraft carrier built for the Indian Navy.
  •  The motto of the ship is “Jayema Sam Yudhi Sprdhah” which is taken from Rig Veda and can be  translated as “I defeat those who fight against me”.
  • Specifications
    • There are 14 decks in all, including five in the superstructure. The carrier is 262 m long, 62 m at the widest part and with a depth of 30 m minus the superstructure. 
    • The deck is designed to enable aircraft such as the MiG-29K to operate from the carrier.
    •  It can carry an air group of up to thirty aircraft, which will include up to 24–26 fixed-wing combat aircraft, primarily the MiG-29K .
    • Vikrant is powered by four General Electric LM2500+gas turbines on two shafts, generating over 80 megawatts (110,000 hp) of power.
    • Once Vikrant is having sport a gender-sensitive living environment and infrastructure, with provision to accommodate eight women officers. The ship will then accommodate 1,645 personnel in all, including 196 officers.
  • It will join INS Vikramaditya , contracted from Russia under a $2.3-billion deal and inducted into service in November 2013..
  • The first Vikrant displaced 20,000 tonnes and operated a mix of Westland Sea Kings, HAL Chetak and Sea Harrier jets. Viraat displaced 28,500 tonnes andVikramaditya displaces 45,400 tonnes. The new Vikrant will displace 40,000 tonnes.




  • It would offer an incomparable military instrument with its ability to project air power over long distances, offensive and defensive counter-air, including air interdiction, anti-surface warfare, airborne anti-submarine warfare and airborne early warning.
  • The combat capability, reach and versatility of the aircraft carrier will add formidable capabilities in the defence in the country and help secure India’s interests in the maritime domain.


  • It would ensure India’s application of SAGAR Doctrine in India’s neighborhood i.e. SECURITY AND GROWTH FOR ALL IN THE REGION.
  • It would also ensure India’s transformation from the Brown Water Navy to Blue Water Navy.
  • It would also showcase India’s seriousness for Neighborhood First Policy.
  • It would enhance India’s presence in the Indo Pacific region.


  • It would ensure India’s Atma Nirbharta in Defence.
  • It would also be step forward in reducing Current Account Deficit which is caused due to India’s enhanced imports of Defense Equipment’s.


India’s road to the “self reliance in defence ” is long , but the projects such as INS VIKRANT, Tejas can be a step forward in this direction.

Plutus IAS current affairs eng med 8th Sep 2022

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