India received its newest aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant on Friday. It is largest warship to be built in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned the giant warship which has been built at a cost of ₹ 20,000 crore. It becomes Navy’s second operational aircraft carrier after INS Vikramaditya, a modified Kiev-class warship.
The naval MiG-29 jet, called MiG-29K, will operate from INS Vikrant in anti-air, anti-surface, and land attack roles.
As India joined a select group of small countries, that have the potential to indigenously design and build aircraft carriers, let's have a look at India's past and present aircraft carriers which have served the country effectively.
India on Friday received its newest aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, the largest warship to be built in the country.
Modi also unveiled the new Naval Ensign, doing away with the colonial past and befitting the rich Indian maritime heritage.
Addressing the commissioning ceremony of INS Vikrant, Modi said with the new ensign, the country has shed its colonial past.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Kerala on Thursday on a two-day visit during which he will lay the foundation stone of Kochi Metro's second phase and also commission Indian Navy's first indigenously-designed and built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.
The Rafale-M jet was tested for 12 days last month at Goa's INS Hansa facility using a 283 metre mock ski-jump facility, Lenain said.
The aircraft carrier, with more than 76 per cent indigenous components, is expected to be commissioned into the Indian Navy by August next year after it completes the aviation trials.
India's first indigenous aircraft carrier, which will be reincarnated as INS Vikrant once it is commissioned, kicked off its sea trials on Wednesday