PM to commission Made in India Aircraft Carrier IAC Vikrant on Sep 2 in Kochi

Chennai:  India will join select group of nations when Prime Minister Narendra Moodi will commission the first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) Vikrant at Kochi on September two.

With the commissioning of the Vikrant, India will joint the select group of nations  having the niche capability to indigenously design and build an Aircraft Carrier, which will be a real testimony to the Make in India thrust of the Centre.
An official release here today said September two will mark the historical milestone of realisation of Nation’s commitment towards ‘AatmaNirbharta’, a landmark date for the Indian Navy and the entire Nation; when the IAC Vikrant will be commissioned by the Prime Minister.
Vikrant is the largest warship to have ever been built in India. It is also the first indigenously designed and built Aircraft Carrier for the Indian Navy.
Designed by the Warship Design Bureau (WDB), Indian Navy’s in-house organisation and built by M/s Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), a Public Sector Shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is christened after her illustrious predecessor, India’s first Aircraft Carrier which played a vital role in the 1971 war.
Commissioning of ‘Vikrant’ would be a proud and landmark moment for the
Nation showcasing her Aatma Nirbhar credentials during ‘Azadi ka Amrit
Mahotsav’, a true testament to the country’s zeal and fervour in pursuing
capability build up towards enhanced maritime security in the Indian Ocean
Region, besides demonstrating Indian Navy’s unwavering commitment to
contribute towards peace and stability in the region.
The induction and reincarnation of ‘Vikrant’ is not only another step towards
strengthening the country’s defence preparedness, but also a humble tribute
to the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters for the independence of the
nation and the brave soldiers during the 1971 war.
Vikrant meaning victorious and gallant, the foundation for prestigious IAC
was firmly established in April 2005 by ceremonial Steel Cutting. In order
to push the indigenisation drive, the Warship grade steel required for the
construction of IAC was successfully indigenised through Steel Authority
of India Limited (SAIL) in collaboration with the Defence Research and
Development Laboratory (DRDL) and the Indian Navy. The hull fabrication
was progressed thereafter and the ship’s keel was laid in February 2009.
The first phase of ship construction was completed with the successful
launch of the ship in August 2013.
The 262 m long and 62 m wide Vikrant displaces approx 43000 T when
fully loaded, having a maximum designed speed of 28 knots with an
endurance of 7,500 NM.
The ship has around 2200 compartments, designed for a crew of around
1,600 that include specialised cabins to accommodate women officers and
The carrier is designed with a very high degree of automation for machinery
operations, ship navigation and survivability. The carrier is equipped with the
latest state-of-the-art equipment and systems.
The ship would be capable of operating an air wing consisting of 30 aircraft
comprising of MiG-29K fighter jets, Kamov-31, MH-60R multi-role helicopters,
in addition to indigenously manufactured Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH)
and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) (Navy).
Using a novel aircraft-operation mode known as Short Take Off But Arrested
Recovery (STOBAR), the IAC is equipped with a ski-jump for launching aircraft
and a set of three ‘arrester wires’ for their recovery onboard.
Inspite of COVID related imponderables and restrictions, adversely affecting
availability of OEMs and supply chain, readiness of ship’s propulsion and power
generation equipment/ systems in harbour was tested as part of Basin Trials in
November 2020.
‘Vikrant has successfully completed multiple phases of sea trials from August 21
to till date, where the ship’s performance, including response of ship’s hull to
various conditions of operations, manoeuvring trials, main propulsion, Power
Generation and Distribution (PGD), ship’s Navigation and Communication systems,
endurance testing of propulsion machinery, electrical & electronic suites, deck
machinery, life saving appliances, integrated trials of majority of equipment/systems
and trials of other auxiliary equipment were ascertained and proved to the satisfaction
of Indian Navy’s trials team and ship’s crew.
In line with the prevailing practices being followed by other advanced countries
having experience of building Aircraft Carrier, the deck integration trials of fixed
wing aircraft and exploitation of Aviation Facility Complex will be carried out post
commissioning of the ship when the operational command & control of the ship
including flight safety is with the Navy.
‘Vikrant’ has large number of indigenous equipment and machinery, involving
major industrial houses in the country viz. BEL, BHEL, GRSE, Keltron, Kirloskar,
L&T, Wartsila India etc. as well as over 100 MSMEs.
The indigenisation efforts has also led to the development of ancillary industries,
besides generation of employment opportunities for 2000 CSL personnel and about
13,000 employees in ancillary industries thus bolstering plough back effect on the
country’s economy. A major spin off of building an Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is the
development and production of indigenous warship grade steel for the ship through
partnership between Navy, DRDO and SAIL, which has enabled the country to
become self-sufficient with respect to warship steel.
Indigenous content of the project is approx. 76%. The Indigenous construction of Aircraft
Carrier is a shining example in the Nation’s quest for ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in
India’ Initiative.
The ship also boasts of a fully-fledged state of the art Medical Complex with latest
medical equipment facilities that includes major modular OT, emergency modular OT,
physiotherapy clinic, ICU, laboratories, CT scanner, X-Ray machines, Dental complex,
Isolation ward and telemedicine facilities etc.

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