India Launched INS Vikrant - An Aircraft Carrier

By: DoYouKnow.IN$ | Views: 1956 | Date: 13-Aug-2013

India successfully launched its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in Kochi, Kerala. It is the biggest warship to be built by India.

The Approximate weight of INS Vikrant is 37,500 tonne . INS Vikrant is expected to go for extensive trials in 2016 before being inducted into the navy by 2018.

With this INS Vikrant, India joins a select group of countries capable of building such a vessel. The countries capable of building a similar ship are the US, the UK, Russia and France.The launch of INS Vikrant marks the end of the first phase of its construction. The ship will be then re-docked for outfitting and further construction. The ship, which will have a length of 260m (850ft) and a breadth of 60m, has been built at the shipyard in Cochin, India.

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It was designed and manufactured locally, using high grade steel made by a state-owned steel company. RK Dhowan ( Vice-Admiral of India's navy) has described the launch as the "crowning glory" of the navy's programme to produce vessels on home soil.

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Here are some of the statistics of INS Vikrant ::

Length: 262 meters.
Maximum breadth: 62 meters.
Propulsion: Two shafts each coupled to two LM 2500 gas turbines.
Maximum speed: Around 28 knots.
Runways: Two. Angled deck equipped with arrester wires for landing.
Aircraft systems compatible: Short takeoff but assisted recovery aircraft, including light combat aircraft.Can also handle a range of helicopters. Mix of fixed wing and rotary aircraft in hangar.
Power generated on board: Enough to light the city of Kochi in Kerala.
Length of cabling: 2,700 kilometers (1,680 miles) – long enough to stretch from Kochi to Delhi.
Sailors: 1,600 navy personnel aboard.

On board gadgets envisaged: Long-range surface-to-air missile system with multi-function radar. Close-in weapon system to detect and destroy incoming short-range missiles. An Indian designed combat management system.

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In a colourful ceremony filled with traditional pomp and fervour at the Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi, Smt Antony launched 'Vikrant' in the presence of Shri AK Antony, the Minister of Shipping, Shri GK Vasan, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral DK Joshi, the F-O-C in C Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, Commander-in-Chief Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Chairman and Managing Director, CSL, Commodore (Retd) K Subramaniam and other officials of the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Shipping. In addition, a multitude of  Naval officers, yard workers and a few members of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), the manufacturers of the indigenous warship grade steel, were also present.

At the launch, marking the end of Phase- I of the project, the imposing ramp of the 37,500 tonne Short Take off but Assisted Recovery (STOBAR) Carrier boasted the indigenous design and build capabilities of the country. The ship has attained its designed length of about 260 m and is almost at its maximum breadth of 60 m. The main landing strip is ready. Over 80% of the structure, containing about 2300 compartments  has been fabricated, over 75% has been erected, all the major machinery, such as the two LM2500 Gas Turbines developing a total power of 80 MW, the diesel alternators  capable of producing about 24 MW and the main gear box have been fitted. Soon after Vikrant floated perfectly upright, she was launched out into the Ernakulam Channel in a pontoon assisted precision manoeuvre.  Vikrant was moved out of the building dock to be positioned in the refitting dock where the next Phase of outfitting will be completed.
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