INS Vikrant successfully completes 4th phase of sea trials

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India's first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant successfully completed the fourth phase of sea trials on 10 July before being inducted into the Indian Navy next month.

  • INS Vikrant

  • INS Vikrant (IAC-I) is the first aircraft carrier built in India by Cochin Shipyard (CSL) in Kochi, Kerala for the Indian Navy. 

  • It is the first Vikrant-class aircraft carrier.

  • It is also known as the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 or IAC-1.

  • INS Vikrant can carry a total of 30 aircraft (fighters and helicopters).

  • It is powered by four gas turbines and can reach speeds of 30 knots (about 55 kmph).

  • Its endurance is 7,500 knots at a speed of 18 knots (32 kph).

  • The shipborne weapons include Barak LR SAM and AK-630, while it has MFSTAR and RAN-40L 3D radars as sensors. 

  • The ship is largely based on Russian technology.

  • The aircraft carrier, built at a cost of around Rs 23,000 crore. 

  • The warship is ready to operate MiG-29K fighter jets, Kamov-31 helicopters and MH-60R multi-role helicopters.

  • It is 262 metres long, 62 metres wide and it has a height of 59 metres. Its construction began in 2009.

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