Date : 03 Jan 2022
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The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, visited India’s indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant in Kochi.
- Calling the carrier a ‘great icon for our drive towards Atma Nirbhar Bharat’, Shri Naidu said the INS Vikrant is a realisation of the nation's dream of an indigenous carrier.
About INS Vikrant
- INS Vikrant is a 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, the largest and most complex warship to be built in India.
- The warship has been built at a cost of around Rs. 23,000 crore and its construction propelled India into a select group of countries having capabilities to build state-of-the-art aircraft carriers.
- The warship will operate MiG-29K fighter jets, Kamov-31 helicopters, MH-60R multi-role helicopters.
- It has over 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1,700 people.
- Vikrant has a top speed of around 28 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots with an endurance of about 7,500 nautical miles.
- The aircraft carrier is 262 metres long, 62 metres wide and it has a height of 59 metres.
- The warship has been built by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) and its construction began in 2009.
About Cochin Shipyard Limited
- Cochin Shipyard was incorporated in the year 1972 as a fully owned Govt. of India company under the Ministry of Shipping.
- In the last three decades the company has emerged as a forerunner in the Indian Shipbuilding & Ship repair industry.
- This yard can build and repair the largest vessels in India.
- It can build ships up to 1,10,000 DWT (Deadweight Tonnage) and repair ships up to 1,25,000 DWT.
- CSL has also secured shipbuilding orders from internationally renowned companies from Europe & Middle East.
- Only five or six nations currently have the capability of manufacturing an aircraft carrier - India joins this elite club now.
- India’s earlier aircraft carriers were either built by the British or the Russians.
- The INS Vikramaditya, currently the Navy’s only aircraft carrier that was commissioned in 2013, started out as the Soviet-Russian Admiral Gorshkov.
- The country’s two earlier carriers, INS Vikrant and INS Viraat, were originally the British-built HMS Hercules and HMS Hermes before being commissioned into the Navy in 1961 and 1987 respectively.
Source: pib.gov.in, cochinshipyard.in, The Indian Express