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  • 23 August, 2022

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Alpha Ship: INS Vikrant

Alpha Ship: INS Vikrant

The first indigenous aircraft carrier built in India INS VIKRANT will soon join the fleet.

By adopting the name, crest, and pennant number (R11) of India's first aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, it will join the navy force.

About INS VIKRANT

  • Beginning in 2007, the project continued until the keel was laid in 2009.
  • The 262-meter-long ship can sail at a top speed of 28 knots and has a full displacement of roughly 45,000 tonnes. It is powered by four gas turbines with an 88 MW capacity.

Capability

  • Nearly 30 different types of aircraft, both fixed-wing and helicopter, can be carried on the carrier.
  • The first aircraft to operate from the ship will be the MiG-29K fighters and Ka-31 helicopters.
  • INS Vikrant might receive fighters from the Rafale (M) or the F-18 Super Hornet, depending on the government's choice.
  • Once incorporated, the MH-60R multipurpose helicopters that have already been delivered to India will join the carrier's air arm.
  • The ship will be manned by nearly 1,700 personnel under the Commanding Officer (designated) Commodore Vidhyadhar Harke.

Significance

  • The significance of INS Vikrant is that it gave a fillip to the indigenization of ship-building materials and processes.

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Source: The Hindu


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