New Delhi: INS Vikrant, the country’s largest warship, has completed a maritime test. The test was conducted in the bay and the ship is scheduled to be commissioned next year. A naval spokesman said the ship’s entry would give the country more strength. The ship’s propulsion and power generation equipment was tested at the port last November as part of the Basin Trials.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh visited the ship last month to review the ship’s construction progress. The aircraft carrier is 262 meters long, 62 meters wide, and 59 meters high, including the superstructure. The superstructure has a total of 2,300 compartments on 14 decks, including five. Designed for a crew of about 1700, the ship also includes special cabins for women officers. Capable of carrying helicopters and fighter jets at the same time, the Vikrant has a top speed of 28 mph, a cruising speed of 18 mph, and a range of 7,500 mph.
Designed by the Directorate of Naval Design of the Indian Navy, the Vikrant is India’s first aircraft carrier to manufacture more than 76 percent of the locally built Cochin Shipyard Ltd., a public sector shipyard under the Ministry of Shipping. The ship is designed using state-of-the-art mechanized technology for machinery, ship navigation, and survival (habitation).
Although the launch of the second wave of Covid was delayed due to the sincere efforts of the workers, engineers, supervisors, inspectors, designers, and ship’s crew, the ship was able to prepare quickly for sea trials. During the maiden test voyage, the performance of the ship, the hull, the main propulsion, and the operation of the PGD assist equipment will be closely monitored. With the completion of the IAC, India will be one of the first countries in the world to design and build an aircraft carrier locally, a testament to the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
This indigenously built aircraft carrier is a perfect example of the country’s move towards ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ and the Make in India Initiative. The construction has not only created employment for 2000 CSL employees and 12,000 employees in other allied industries but has also enabled the country to achieve great growth in national design and construction. In addition to buying more than 76 percent of the equipment locally, CSL and other sub-contractors have been able to directly reinvest in the Indian economy. The aircraft carrier offers a wide range of services to over 550 CSL-registered companies, including 100 MSMEs.