What is the News?
INS Vikrant is heading out to sea for its third set of sea trials.
What is INS Vikrant?
INS Vikrant is India’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier (IAC-1).
The aircraft carrier was built by the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) for the Indian Navy.
It is named ‘Vikrant’ as a tribute to India’s first aircraft carrier, Vikrant (R11).
Key Features of INS Vikrant
The ship can operate a mix of aircrafts like Russian MiG-29K/KUB fighters, Kamov-31 helicopters and a new fleet of Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk multi-role helicopters.
Type of Aircraft Carrier: STOBAR (short take-off but arrested landing)
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When is INS Vikrant going to be inducted?
Currently, the Indian Navy operates a single aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, which was bought from Russia.
INS Vikrant is scheduled to be commissioned into service by August 2022.
After this, the Indian Navy is planning a second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2), to follow INS Vikrant. It is believed that the IAC-2 will be named INS Vishal.
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Source: This post is based on the article “INS Vikrant sea trials take it one step closer to its commissioning” published in the Business Standard on 10th January 2022