INS Vikrant : India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently unveiled India’s eagerly awaited indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. The nation has reached a crucial milestone as a result of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign. On September 2, 2022, Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) launched it.
Along with INS Vikrant, a new Naval Ensign (Nishaan) was integrated, adding to the nation’s development yet another great maritime heritage. This new ensign honours Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the greatest fighter of his day. The programme, which supports India’s self-reliance policy, is a historical accomplishment for India’s development.
The first and largest ship built entirely in India, INS Vikrant features aircraft carriers produced entirely in India for the Indian Navy. India now belongs to the elite countries where it possesses its enormous power ship. The name comes from India’s first aircraft carrier, which served in the 1971 war with Pakistan.
HERE IS A LIST OF THE KEY FACTS ABOUT INS VIKRANT:
- According to the Indian Navy, the ship’s length and breadth are 262 metres and 62 metres, respectively. In addition to moving INS Vikrant, it moves 45,000 tonnes at a design speed of 28 knots, or 7,500 nautical miles.
- The ship is the biggest ever built in the nation and is equipped with state-of-the-art automated features.
- Due to its 18 storeys, 14 decks, and 2,300 compartments, it is additionally referred to as a floating city. It can also generate enough electricity to power up to 500 homes.
Around 1,500 sea warriors may travel on it, and its kitchen can make 10,000 rotis. The involved wire can be found from Kashi to Kochi.
- INS The public sector shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Cochin Shipyard Limited, which is home to the in-house warship design bureau (WDB) of the Indian Navy, created the Vikrant.
- The ship is so big that it can fit two football fields and two Olympic swimming pools inside of it.
- INS Vikrant is capable of transporting 30 aircraft, including combat aircraft, MH-60R multirole helicopters, Kamov-31 advanced light helicopters, and MIG-29K fighter jets.
- The ship can accommodate 1,600 female officers and sailors and has 16 medical beds, 250 fuel tankers, and 2,400 compartments.
- The vessel is a 45,000-ton warship that cost Rs 20,000 crores to construct.
- The Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), a Maharatna PSU engaged in domestic steel production, designed the revolutionary aircraft and supplied DMR plates of Grade 249 A steel for the ship’s hull and interiors and Grade 249 B steel for the flight deck.
- The steel factories located in Bhilai, Bokaro, and Rourkela provided the particular type of steel for the whole ship with the exception of the bulb bars.
- The ship is equipped with a cutting-edge aircraft operation mode dubbed Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR), which includes ski-jumping and arrest wires.