- A committee led by Defense Secretary reviewed the progress of Indian navy’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.
- It is under the third phase of construction.
- The EAC(Empowered Apex Committee) led by Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar review the progress of IAC project at Cochin Shipyard Ltd.
A committee led by the Defense Secretary reviewed the progress of Indian Navy’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. In fact, Vikrant is supposedly under the third phase of construction.
Also, the Empowered Apex Committee (EAC) reviewed the project of the IAC(Indigenous aircraft carrier)at Cochin Shipyard Ltd.
Details on INS Vikrant
“The review critically examined the current status of the project as the IAC is an advanced stage of construction. So, it is scheduled to begin the basin sea trials in early 2020 followed by sea trials in mid-2020”, stated the Defense release.
The meeting that was conducted was the 13th one. And yet the first one to be conducted post-signing of the Phase-3 of the IAC contract on October 31, 2019. It is in between the Ministry of Defense and the public sector Cochin Shipyard Ltd. (CSL).
As per the officials, the construction of the aircraft carrier is in an advanced state with all gas turbines, main engines having been started. Also, power generation systems consisting of eight diesel alternators were ready.
Basin trials are conducted for proving of the propulsion and transmission. Also, for shafting systems. Furthermore, it is scheduled in the early half of the year.
IAC is ready to kickstart the Sea Trials once the Basin Trials have completed their execution.
The ship has two take-off runways
The Defense Secretary was accompanied by Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ashok Kumar and Vice Admiral GS Pabby. Also, Controller Warship Production & Acquisition, and other senior officers from the Integrated Headquarters(IHQ) of the Ministry of Defense (Navy). In addition, Warship Overseeing team and Carrier Acceptance & trials team helping them.
The Ship is 260 m long and 60 m wide. It has two take-off runways and a landing strip with three arrester wires, capable of operating STOBAR aircraft including LCA and range of helicopters with hangar facilities.