Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will visit the Cochin Limited shipyard on June 25 to review the progress of the native aircraft carrier (IAC) under construction, official sources said on Tuesday. Singh, who will arrive here on Thursday, will visit the IAC on Friday, they said.
The Defense Minister’s two-day visit to Kochi follows the delay in the IAC’s sea trials. The trials were scheduled for the first half of this year, but they have been delayed due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the sources said. Basin testing of the aircraft carrier was successfully completed at CSL in December last year, marking the entry into the final phase of the ambitious warship construction project.
The tank test involves testing the machinery and equipment of the vessel in floating conditions before sea trials. A Defense spokesperson previously said that the IAC project was a true example of Atmanirbhar Bharat with close 75 percent of the material and equipment on board being native.
Over 50 Indian manufacturers have been directly involved in this project, which has provided significant employment opportunities for Indian citizens. Almost 2,000 Indians received direct employment aboard IAC daily and over 40,000 received indirect employment.
In addition, around 80 to 85% of the project cost of around Rs 20,000 Crore has been fed back into the Indian economy, according to the spokesperson.
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