CSL delivers first indigenously-made aircraft

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“Delivery of Vikrant was marked by signing of acceptance documents on behalf of Indian Navy by the Commanding Officer Designate of Vikrant, representatives of Naval Headquarters and Warship Overseeing Team (Kochi) and by the Chairman and Managing Director on behalf of Cochin Shipyard Ltd., in the presence of senior officers of Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard,” the defence release said.

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Indian Navy received the first indigenously-built aircraft carrier (IAC-1) from Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) on Thursday and will commission it as INS Vikrant.

India’s largest warship, with a deep displacement of close to 45,000 tonnes, has been delivered by the Cochin Shipyard Ltd, the country’s most ambitious navy vessel project, according to a press statement.

Sources in the military have confirmed that the IAC has been delivered to the Navy and will be officially recruited and operational in August.

The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and India‘s goal for a blue sea Navy will be bolstered by the IAC, a Defense release stated.

“Coinciding with the celebrations to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the reincarnation of Vikrant is a true testimony to the country’s zeal and fervour in pursuing capability build up towards enhanced maritime security,” it said.

One of the largest and most modern ships in the world, the 262 metre long carrier has an output of 88 megawatts and can travel at a maximum speed of 28 knots.

Finished under three phases of contract between the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and CSL, the project cost over Rs 20,000 crores and was completed in May 2007, December 2014, and October 2019, the release added.

“With an overall indigenous content of 76 per cent, the IAC is a perfect example of the nation’s quest for ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ and provides thrust to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Military aircraft like the MIG-29K fighter jet, Kamov-31 and MH-60R helicopters, as well as the indigenously developed Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) can all fit in the IAC’s large hangar area (LCA).

30 planes can fly at a time from the Short Take-Off but Arrested Landing system, which includes ski-jumping and a series of “arrester wires” for aircraft recovery after landing.

“The ship has a large number of indigenous equipment and machinery, involving major industrial houses in the country viz. BEL, BHEL, GRSE, Keltron, Kirloskar, Larsen & Toubro, Wartsila India etc. as well as over 100 MSMEs.

“The indigenisation efforts has also led to development of ancillary industries, besides generation of employment opportunities and bolstering plough back effect on economy, both locally as well as pan-India,” it said.

“Currently, the yard is constructing 8 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWCs) and it has also won an order for the construction of 6 Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMV) for the Indian Navy.

“The shipyard is also augmenting their infrastructure, including a new dry dock, to cater for the construction of even larger ships including a next generation aircraft carrier,” the CSL release said.

“Delivery of Vikrant was marked by signing of acceptance documents on behalf of Indian Navy by the Commanding Officer Designate of Vikrant, representatives of Naval Headquarters and Warship Overseeing Team (Kochi) and by the Chairman and Managing Director on behalf of Cochin Shipyard Ltd., in the presence of senior officers of Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard,” the defence release said.

Indian Navy takes delivery of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier ‘Vikrant’ from Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), Kochi. https://t.co/toxwwPU3Ji

— ANI (@ANI) 1659004819000

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