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India's first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant handed over to Indian Navy

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Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) handed over the country's first indigenously built aircraft carrier (IAC-1) 'Vikrant' to the Indian Navy on 28 July.

INS Vikrant

  • INS Vikrant, also known as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1, is an aircraft carrier built by Cochin Shipyard Limited for the Indian Navy.

  • It is the first aircraft carrier to be built in India.

  • It has been named 'Vikrant' as a tribute to India's first aircraft carrier, Vikrant.

  • The Indian Naval Ship Vikrant played an important role in the 1971 war.

  • This warship has been built in India at a cost of about Rs 20,000 crore.

  • The 262-metre-long carrier has a full displacement of around 45,000 tonnes which is more advanced than its predecessor.

  • It is powered by four gas turbines with a total power of 88 MW and has a maximum speed of 28 knots.

  • The project was executed in three phases of contract between the Ministry of Defence and CSL, which were concluded in May 2007, December 2014 and October 2019 respectively.

Other Aircraft Carrier in India

  • INS Vikrant (1957)

This is the first-ever aircraft carrier warship of India and was decommissioned in 1997.

This aircraft carrier was purchased from the UK.

It did important work for India against the Pakistan Naval Force in the Indo-Pak War of 1971.

  • INS Viraat

It was bought from the UK, this carrier served the country for 30 years before it was officially decommissioned in 2017.

Prior to INS Vikramaditya in 2013, it was a major center of the Indian Navy.

It weighed about 29,000 tons and had 26 aircraft.

  • INS Vikramaditya

It is the current serving aircraft carrier of India.

It was made by the USSR and Russia.

He currently serves as the Chief of the Indian Navy.

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