New Delhi: INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier which is being made at the Kochi shipyard, by 2020. “We are hopeful she will start trials in 2019 and we will take delivery in 2020,” Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba told.
“The indigenous aircraft carrier is progressing well at work and was hopeful of it joining the Indian Navy by 2020.” The Vikrant class is a class of aircraft carrier being built for the Indian Navy. The class represents the largest warships and the first aircraft carriers to be designed and built in India.
Preparations for building the lead vessel of the class, INS Vikrant, started in 2008, and the keel was laid in February 2009. The carrier was floated out of its dry dock on 29 December 2011, and launched on 12 August 2013.
The INS Vikrant weighs 40,000-tons, with a length of 260 meters and a width of 60 meters. “The carrier has 14 decks in all, including five in the superstructure”, said a reporter from the Hindu who had received the opportunity to tour the ship.
INS Vikrant’s power support: The ship will be powered by four GE LM2500+ gas turbines using a combined gas, gas configuration, according to IHS Jane’s. It’s interesting to know that Italy’s aircraft carrier, the ITS Cavour, also uses four LM2500+ gas turbines as part of its propulsion system.