INS Vikrant. India, a country with a long naval aviation tradition, also has a tradition of operating ex-UK Royal Navy carriers. This tradition is set to end for good with the construction of INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenously constructed aircraft carrier. Construction of Vikrant is part of India’s dream of two fully modernized carriers, with a goal of three carriers down the road.
One hundred years since the construction of the world’s first aircraft carrier, HMS Hermes, aircraft carriers are still going strong. From Newport News to Shanghai, several of the world’s major naval powers have carriers currently construction.
The ability to adapt and absorb new aviation technologies, such as stealth, standoff weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles to the carrier platform helps keep them relevant and timely platforms for a variety of missions, from disaster relief to sea control. Read More