INS Vikrant, developed by Cochin Shipyard Limited at Kochi, is India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier. It is expected to be fully operationalised in the mid-2023. It is currently being built at the cost of Rs.23,000 crore.
This 40,000 tonne carrier will be equipped with formidable defence capabilities, with around 75 per cent being sourced from the domestic market. The sea trial of the indigenous aircraft carrier will commence in the next few months and the flight trials involving MiG-29Ks, Kamov-31 airborne early warning helicopters, MH-60R multi-role helicopters and ALHs will start onboard only after being commissioned in mid-2022.
Written by IAS POINT