In­dige­nously-built air­craft car­rier Vikrant un­docks at Cochin Ship­yard


The largest and the first in­dige­nously-built, 40,000tonne air­craft car­rier (IAC) to be chris­tened as INS Vikrant on com­mis­sion­ing was un­docked on June 10, 2015, at a sim­ple cer­e­mony held at the Cochin Ship­yard Lim­ited (CSL). The ship, be­ing built at CSL, would be re­quired to un­dergo a se­ries of fit­ment and trial pro­cesses and tests be­fore it be­comes ready for propul­sion and in­ducted into the In­dian Navy. Ma­jor out­fit­ting work of the ship would be un­der­taken in the com­ing months. Prior to its de­liv­ery to the In­dian Navy, the ship has to

un­dergo basin tri­als and ex­ten­sive sea tri­als. The ba­sic de­sign of the IAC was done by the In­dian Navy’s Di­rec­torate of Naval De­sign.

The suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of air­craft car­rier puts In­dia in the elite group of four na­tions in the world who are ca­pa­ble of de­sign­ing and con­struct­ing air­craft car­ri­ers. The other four coun­tries are: US, Rus­sia, UK and France.

The ship has a length of over 260 me­tres and breadth of 60 me­tres. It has two take-off run­ways and a land­ing strip with three ar­rester wires, ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing STOBAR air­craft in­clud­ing the in­dige­nous LCA, as well as a range of he­li­copters with hangar fa­cil­i­ties.

The cer­e­mony of un­dock­ing of Vikrant was wit­nessed by Com­modore Kar­tik Subra­ma­niam, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of CSL.

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