“Vikrant,” India’s indigenous aircraft carrier, will be commissioned into the Indian Navy on September 2.
– INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, is to be commissioned into the Navy.
– India’s most expensive piece of military hardware is its arsenal.
– Vikrant will be formally inducted into the Indian Navy at an event at the Cochin Shipyard Limited.
On Friday, September 2nd, India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant will be commissioned into the Navy as INS Vikrant, marking the beginning of a new era in India’s Naval capabilities.
The Vikrant, India’s most expensive piece of military hardware, will be formally inducted into the Indian Navy at an event at the Cochin Shipyard Limited, the state-run shipyard in the Southern state of Kerala, where the vessel was built.
The event is expected to be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, and senior officials from the Armed Forces.
The commissioning of the Vikrant and the Vikramaditya marks a significant milestone for India, as the country will henceforth be able to defend its 7500-km-long coastline with two operational aircraft carriers – one of Russian origin and the other indigenously designed and built.
However, the Vikrant would require more than a year to be fully operational following its commissioning. The ship’s crucial systems and sub-systems have been tested during multiple phases of sea trials thus far. There are several other components, such as radars and weapons, that are necessary for the ship to be fully combat-ready. The theory has yet to be integrated, tested and proven. Integrating, testing and proving the theory is essential.
The Russian-origin Mig 29K are yet to land on the deck, similarly while various helicopters operated by the Navy have landed and taken off from the deck of the Vikrant, the carrier-based fighter aircraft of the Indian Navy.
The installation and testing of restraining blocks and arrestor wires that facilitate the take-off and landing of the aircraft is also to be carried out in the coming months.