So why the INS
The countdown begins – IAC Vikrant will go live tomorrow; a glimpse of life on an aircraft carrier – WATCH
India will have two operational aircraft carriers after the commissioning of Vikrant, which would improve the country’s maritime security.
What does it do?
An aircraft carrier is a warship with a large flat deck where fighter planes can take off and land. It functions as an airfield at sea. The flagship frequently commands a battle group and is protected from attacks by destroyers, frigates and submarines.
The commission is also important internationally as it allows India to project its power abroad and adds India’s name to a relatively small club of countries with the capacity to produce such high-end aircraft.
About the warship
Over 76% of the equipment and materials on board the carrier are indigenous, including 21,500 tons of special grade steel which was locally created and first used in Indian Navy vessels.
It can accommodate 20 aircraft in its hangar. The ship has 14 decks, more than 2,300 compartments, including a single cabin for female officers, and can accommodate 1,700 people. It has a range of around 7,500 nautical miles, a top speed of around 28 knots (over 50 km/h) and a cruising speed of 18 knots.
According to an Indian Navy officer, the ship used steel equivalent to three Eifel towers.
India’s first aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, was purchased from the UK in 1961 and now India’s first native aircraft carrier will bear its name and vindicate its heritage and more. The original Vikrant was decommissioned in 1997.