Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikrant begins a new phase of sea trials

According to information published by the Indian Express on January 9, 2021, the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) 1 began another set of sea trials to carry out complex maneuvers in high seas ahead of its planned induction in August.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, INS Vikrant (Picture source: WarshipCam)

INS Vikrant, also known as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC-1), is an aircraft carrier constructed by the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) for the Indian Navy. It is the first aircraft carrier to be built in India.

Work on the ship's design began in 1999, and the keel was laid in February 2009. The carrier was floated out of its dry dock on 29 December 2011 and was launched on 12 August 2013.

The indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is 262 meters (860 ft) long and 62 meters (203 ft) wide and displaces about 45,000 metric tons (44,000 long tons). It features a STOBAR configuration with a ski jump.

Vikrant is powered by four General Electric LM2500+ gas turbines on two shafts, generating over 80 megawatts (110,000 hp) of power. The gearboxes for the carriers were designed and supplied by Elecon Engineering.

The ship's combat management system (CMS) was developed by Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division in collaboration with Weapon and Electronics System Engineering Establishment and MARS, Russia.

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