On September 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will open INS Vikrant, India’s first aircraft carrier that was made in India. This will happen at Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi.
The Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau (WDB) made the plans for INS Vikrant. Cochin Shipyard Limited, a Public Sector Shipyard run by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, built the ship.
“The Prime Minister will name the first aircraft carrier that was designed and built in India as INS Vikrant. This will be a big step toward independence in the defence sector. Vikrant is the largest ship India has ever built. It was designed by the Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau (WDB) and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, a Public Sector Shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways. It has state-of-the-art automation features and is the biggest ship India has ever built “in a statement from the PMO.
The PMO said that the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier was named after India’s first Aircraft Carrier, which was a very important part of the 1971 war.
It has a lot of equipment and machinery made in the country, including things like big factories and more than 100 MSMEs.
When Vikrant is put into service, it will make the country’s seas safer.
During the event, PM will also show off the Naval Ensign (Nishaan). This will get rid of the colonial past and show off India’s rich maritime history.
In Mangaluru, PM Modi will start projects to automate and industrialise that are worth about Rs 3,800 crore and lay the foundation stone for them.
Earlier, Vice Chief of the Indian Navy Vice Admiral S N Ghormade talked about the aircraft carrier and said it could help keep peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Major highlights of INS Vikrant
The ship’s air wing would have 30 planes, including MiG-29K fighter jets, Kamov-31, and MH-60R multi-role helicopters, as well as Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) that were made on board (LCA).
The INS Vikrant has more than 2,300 cabins for its crew of about 1,700 people. There are also special cabins for women officers.
Vikrant can go as fast as 28 knots and has a cruising speed of 18 knots. It can go for about 7,500 nautical miles without stopping.
The length of the warship is 262 metres, its width is 62 metres, and its height is 59 metres. The building of it began in 2009.