The Navy Chief has indicated that another indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, is being considered. It would be more modern and Will take less time to be built than its predecessors. Let’s understand what the advantages of a second aircraft career are. How will it strengthen the Indian Navy?
Indian Navy Chief Admiral R. Hari Kumar had indicated in an Aaj Tak program that the Navy is thinking of placing a repeat order for IAC-1, i.e., INS Vikrant aircraft carrier.
That is, another aircraft carrier warship like Vikrant can be ready soon.
The Navy can send its proposal to the Central Government in the next few months. If this is a repeat order for an Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), what would be the benefit?
Right now, India has two aircraft carrier warships. First INS Vikramaditya and second INS Vikrant. Both warships hold their place in the world’s 10 best aircraft carrier warships.
By making another aircraft carrier like Vikrant, India can match the Chinese Navy, at least in terms of having aircraft carriers. Although in totality Indian navy is way behind than Chinese Navy.
Now that Fujian China has its newest and most advanced aircraft carrier, the total number of carriers in the country is three. There is not even a single aircraft carrier in Pakistan’s entire arsenal.
The biggest advantage will be that we can provide security to any coastal area.
Another aircraft carrier, like the Vikrant, will increase the strength of the Indian Navy manifold. At the same time, it will create a power balance in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific Ocean region. It took 13 years to build the first indigenous aircraft carrier. But it will not take that long to make the third.
It can also be made in half the time because Cochin Shipyard had developed many techniques while making Vikrant. More than 150 Indian companies were involved in making it. Now there is a system in place for this kind of build.
If another career like Vikrant becomes ready, then India’s fame will increase worldwide because the kind of weapons, fighter jets, and missiles deployed by Vikrant make it very powerful.
What Kind of Weapons does INS Vikrant have?
Reportedly, BrahMos and Barak-8 missiles have been stationed in Vikrant. In addition, an Otobreda cannon and an AK-603 gun are installed for use in coastal areas. There are 32 VLS vertical Launching Sytems cells on the Barak-8 missile.
This permits the deployment of thirty-two missiles. Barak can annihilate the adversary at distances between 8 and 100 kilometers. Due to the absence of smoke during flight, it is impossible to detect its ascent. It is capable of speeds up to 2500 km/h.
Brahmos would be installed later on the warship, along with two different types of missiles. The first type is an Anti-Ship Missile, while the second is a Land Attack Missile. Both types of missiles are already in use by the Navy.
The warhead of these missiles can weigh up to 200 kg. It moves toward the adversary’s direction at 4321 kilometers per hour. At this speed, it becomes lethal.
The Vikrant is armed with four 76mm Otobreda guns. Flying or hovering enemy aircraft, helicopters, fighter planes, battleships, or boats are no match for this mobile weapon.
This weapon fires 120 bullets per minute. It fires projectiles at the enemy at a rate of 915 meters per second. The maximum range is 20 kilometers.
Additionally, it is equipped with four AK-630 CIWS (AK 630 CIWS). It’s designed for use in close quarters. This rapid-fire weapon is a rotary cannon that spins to follow the movement of its target.
It can fire 4000–10,000 shots per minute and has an effective range of 4000–5000 meters. Once in range, it fires automatically.
IAC Vikrant carries Fighter jets such as The MIG-29 Mikoyan, which can fly at 2400 km/hr. Vikrant has an MH 60R Helicopter with a speed of 820 km/hr and has a range of 830 km, and can fly up to 12000 feet.
If needed, it can also fly at 330 km per hour. It can carry two MK 46, MK 50, or MK 54s torpedoes. 4 to 8 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles can be fitted. It is an anti-submarine helicopter. The Indian Navy can use them to search and destroy enemy submarines in the Indian and Arabian Oceans.
The Kamov is another type of helicopter featured. Three individuals crew it at all times. It has a maximum load of 16 soldiers or 4000 kilograms. The highest possible velocity is 270 kilometers per hour. with a 980-kilometer range.
Its weaponry includes torpedoes, machine guns, 30 mm cannons or explosives, rockets, gun pods, and ammunition dispensers.