The 40,000-ton aircraft carrier, the largest and most advanced warship ever constructed in India, tested important systems and pieces of gear, including crucial aviation gear.
India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant completed its fourth phase of sea trials on Sunday, the Indian Navy said. The 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, the largest and most complex warship to be built in India, conducted trials of major equipment and systems, including key aviation equipment.
“Indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant successfully completed 4th phase of sea trials integrated trials of major equipment and systems, including key aviation equipment undertaken with further enhancement in performance, towards the delivery of the largest indigenous warship in Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,” the Navy said in a tweet.
Indigenous Aircraft Carrier #Vikrant successfully completed 4th phase of Sea Trials
Integrated trials of major eqpt & systems, incl key aviation eqpt undertaken with further enhancement in performance, towards delivery of the largest indigenous warship in #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav pic.twitter.com/Kv3OlUJuV9
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) July 10, 2022
The warship’s construction propelled India into a restricted group of nations with the ability to build cutting-edge aircraft carriers at an estimated cost of Rs 23,000 crore. The warship will fly MH-60R multi-role helicopters, Kamov-31 helicopters, and MiG-29K fighter jets.
It has over 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1,700 people, including specialized cabins to accommodate women officers. Vikrant has a top speed of around 28 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots with an endurance of about 7,500 nautical miles.
It includes more than 2,300 compartments, including specialized quarters for female officers, and is built for a crew of about 1,700 people. Vikrant can go for over 7,500 nautical miles at a time and has a top speed of about 28 knots.
India currently has only one aircraft carrier — INS Vikramaditya.