CM – India’s aircraft carrier INS Vikrant returns to Kochi after a 5-day test phase

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The successful completion of the initial trials despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the applicable Covid-19 protocols testifies to the dedicated efforts of a large number of stakeholders for over a decade. This is an important milestone activity and a historic event, said the Indian Navy

India’s indigenous aircraft carrier returned to Kochi on Sunday after being at sea for five days to test its main propulsion system, power generation and distribution, and auxiliary equipment in its first test at sea.

Testing of the IAC systems, reviewed on Sunday, the final day of the sea trials, by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval Command, “has proceeded as planned and the system parameters have been found to be satisfactory. « Said the Indian Navy in a statement.

“The successful completion of the initial trials despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the applicable Covid-19 protocols testifies to the dedicated efforts of a large number of stakeholders for over a decade. This is an important milestone activity and a historic event, ”the statement reads.

« The airline would go through a series of sea trials to test all equipment and systems before delivery in 2022, » it said. The delivery date is expected to coincide with India’s 75 years of independence. The successful delivery of IAC to the Indian Navy will make the country a select club of nations capable of designing and building an Indigenous aircraft carrier. It would also set India’s position in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) Strengthen and strengthen the Indian Navy’s ambition to become known as the Blue Water Navy – that is, it projects power far beyond its banks.

Named Vikrant after India’s first aircraft carrier retired in 1997, the IAC was designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design. It is being built at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), a public shipyard owned by the Department of Shipping (MoS).

« The IAC is a leading example of the country’s pursuit of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ and the Indian Navy’s ‘Make in India’ initiative with more than 76% indigenous content, » said the Indian Navy statement.

The IAC is 262 meters long, 62 meters wide and 59 meters high including the superstructure.

The ship has 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1,700 people with “gender-sensitive accommodation” for female officers.

The ship with a high degree of automation for machine operation, ship navigation and survivability was developed to accommodate a range of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft.

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