INS Vikrant

As India celebrates its 75th Independence Day. What could be more delightful for Indians than the first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, which completed its first sea trial successfully? India is the world’s largest democracy and the 4th largest armed force in the world.

India is known to be one of the biggest arms importers in the world. However, Indians have proved with this massive warship that they will indeed have the capability to manufacture their vessels in the future.

After a long wait, Vikrant left its birthplace for the sea trails on 4th August. Its arrival after the trials marks a historic moment for India. In the sea trial, Vikrant impresses. It has passed all the parameters. Upon its arrival, the team expressed satisfaction with its performance handling, among many other things. Flag officer and Southern Navy command vice-admiral A K Chwala reviewed all the tests during trials.

INS Vikrant will be inducted into the Indian Navy in 2022. Until now, only six countries have had the capability to design and build such massive and complex war machines, and now India is the seventh country.

Previous Indian Aircraft carriers, Vikarnt, Virat, and Vikramaditya, were first acquired from the UK and then Russia. India acquired its first Aircraft carrier from the UK in 1961. It was also called Vikrant. The new incarnation of that name is here now and expected to live up to its name.

INS VIKRANT

INS Vikrant

An aircraft carrier is a massive airbase in the sea. This Indigenous carrier is 262 meters long and 62 meters wide, with a depth of 30 meters. Including the superstructure, the height is 59 meters. INS Vikrant consists of a total of 14 decks, including 5 in the superstructure. With 2300 compartments, it can hold 1700 crew members. This includes the special Cabins for the women officers.

INS Vikrant has a top speed of 28 knots (58 Kmph). The cruising speed is 18 knots (33 Kmph). With an endurance of 7500 Nautical miles,

Vikrant is, in a way, an 18-story building in the sea built at the cost of around 23000 crore rupees. It was built at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). The ship has a displacement of 40000 tonnes. The carrier’s hanger is enough to hold 30 aircraft. Warplanes will operate MIG 29-k, Kamov-31 helicopters, and MH-60r Helicopters. The flight deck covers two football fields.

It has two take-off runways and a landing strip with three arrester hooks. Vikrant does not have any aircraft over yet, as it’s being tested for many things. Once it’s fully tested, the hanger will be occupied with fighter jets and helicopters. Right out of the hanger, the lift resides when the aircraft has to be operational. It is taken out of the hanger and then lifted up to the flight deck.

The INS Vikrant has various operational areas, including the electrical room, which is responsible for power distribution throughout the carrier. The main control center serves as the ship’s nerve center and is responsible for monitoring and controlling all the machinery onboard. Additionally, the flight control center oversees and manages air operations on the carrier.

The earlier Vikrant played a vital role in the 1971 war. The year 2021 marks the 50th year since the victory of 1971. this is being called “Swarnim Vijay Varsh.”

Conclusion

India is surrounded on all sides by Hostile countries. China has two active aircraft carriers, and the third will soon join the Chinese Navy, with the fourth one in the pipeline. In such a situation, India has no other option but to strengthen its Navy. Right now, China is showing too much of its grandeur in the Indian Ocean.

In this situation, Vikrant joining the Indian Navy sends a strong message to the serving countries. India currently has one active aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya. In comparison, the new Vikrant will be ready for operation by August next year.