PM Modi set to commission INS Vikrant today
Kochi: In what will mark a significant step towards self-reliance in the defence sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will commission the first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier as INS Vikrant in Kochi on Friday.
“At 9:30 today morning, Prime Minister will commission the first indigenous aircraft carrier as INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi. Thereafter at 1:30 PM, he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of projects worth
around Rs 3800 crores in Mangaluru,” the PMO said.
“Tomorrow, 2nd September is a landmark day for India’s efforts to become AatmaNirbhar in the defence sector. The first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant will be commissioned. The new Naval Ensign (Nishaan) will also be unveiled,” the Prime Minister tweeted on Thursday.
Designed by Indian Navy’s in-house Warship Design Bureau (WDB) and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, a Public Sector Shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Vikrant has been built with state-of-the-art automation features and is the largest ship ever built-in maritime history of India.
The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is named after her illustrious predecessor, India’s first Aircraft Carrier which had played a vital role in the 1971 war.
It has a large number of indigenous equipment and machinery, involving major industrial houses in the country as well as over 100 MSMEs.
With the commissioning of Vikrant, India will have two operational Aircraft Carriers, which will bolster the maritime security of the nation.
During the event, the Prime Minister will also unveil the new Naval Ensign (Nishaan), doing away with the colonial past and befitting the rich Indian maritime heritage, the PMO said.
With IAC Vikrant being ready, India has joined the select group of nations including US, UK, Russia, China and France that have the niche capability to design and manufacture aircraft carriers above 40,000 tonnes.
The Navy has said that Indigenous design and construction of Aircraft Carrier by Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard Ltd is an example in the nation’s quest for Make in India Initiative with more than 76 per cent indigenous content.
The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant has 2200 compartments including separate accommodation for women officers and female Agniveer sailors, Commodore Thapar said.
Navy Vice Chief Vice Admiral SN Ghormade said that the entire cabling of the IAC has been built in the country and the warship steel has also been made in India with the help of DRDO and SAIL which is a big achievement. He said that India can export it to other countries as well.
He informed that the equipment of the warship has been made in 18 states and union territories including Kota, Ambala, Daman, Kolkata, Jalandhar, Pune and New Delhi.
The fourth phase of sea trials for IAC Vikrant were successfully completed in July during which integrated trials of the majority of equipment and systems onboard including some of the Aviation Facilities Complex equipment were undertaken.
The Maiden Sea Trials of IAC were successfully completed in August 2021. This was followed by second and third phases of Sea Trials in October 2021 and January 2022 respectively.
During these three phases of Sea Trials, endurance testing of propulsion machinery, electrical and electronic suites, deck machinery, lifesaving appliances, ship’s Navigation and Communication systems was undertaken.
The warship is made of a large number of indigenous materials such as steel, other equipment and systems which are manufactured by Indian industrial houses and about 100 MSMEs with the overall project cost of Rs 19341 crore.
The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is 262 meter long, 62 meter at the widest part and height of 59 meter including the superstructure. There are 14 decks in all, including five in the superstructure.
The ship’s compartments are designed for a crew of around 1700 people including specialized cabins for women officers.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had termed the commissioning of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier as a “golden moment” in the Indian defence history and “a major milestone event in the Indian Navy’s path of self-reliance.”
The aircraft carrier will increase India’s reach from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. (UNI)