India’s first domestically built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant delivered to navy

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International Business News  –  The Indian Ministry of Defense issued a statement on the 28th, announcing that India’s first domestically produced aircraft carrier, the INS Vikrant, was delivered to the navy by the Cochin Shipyard in the south on the same day.

The statement said that the overall localization rate of the aircraft carrier reached 76%. With the delivery of the Vikrant, India became one of the few countries capable of designing and building its own aircraft carrier.

According to the statement, the INS Vikrant will soon enter service with the Navy and will carry 30 aircraft, including MiG-29K fighter jets, Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopters, MH-60R multi-role helicopters, as well as Indian-made advanced light aircraft Helicopters and light fighters.

Design work on the Vikrant began in 1999 and was officially launched in August 2013. The ship was designed by the Indian Naval Design Bureau and built by the Cochin Shipyard. The ship is about 260 meters long, 60 meters wide, and has a displacement of about 40,000 tons. It can carry about 30 carrier-based aircraft, with a maximum speed of 28 knots and a sustainable voyage of 8,000 nautical miles.