INS Vikrant which is also known as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC-1). It is the first aircraft carrier to be built in India. This is an Aircraft Carrier constructed by the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) for the Indian Navy.
The name Vikrant means courageous in Sanskrit. The motto of the ship is Jayema Saṁ Yudhi Sprdhah, which means I defeat those who fight against me.
Brief of the background
- In 1999, Design work of the Ship was started.
- In 2009, the keel (formal recognition of the start).
- In 2011, The carrier was floated out of its dry dock.
- In 2013, It was Launched.
- In 2020, The basin trials were completed.
- In 2021, The ship started sea trials.
Important points to be noted
- The project was completed in three phases, and at a total cost of just under Rs 20,000 crore.
- According to the Navy, this gives the government’s Make in India initiative a boost. The aircraft carrier, which has a total indigenous content of 76%, is a prime illustration of the pursuit of Atma Nirbhar Bharat and.
- With the delivery of Vikrant, India has joined a small group of countries with the specialized capacity to design and construct an aircraft carrier domestically.
- Vikrant was developed to support
- Variety of fixed-wing
- Rotary aircraft
- Features a high level of automation for ship navigation
- Machinery operation
- This ship would be able to fly a 30 aircraft air wing, including indigenously produced advanced light helicopters and light combat aircraft, Kamov-31, MH-60R multi-role helicopters, MIG-29K fighter planes, and light combat aircraft.
Flight trials of its aircraft complement are expected to be completed by mid-2023, after which the ship will be fully operational.