On board India’s native aircraft carrier Vikrant: see photos

Indian aircraft carrier Vikrant is back from successful first sea trials

New Delhi:

The native aircraft carrier Vikrant, the largest and most complex warship India has ever designed and built, successfully completed its maiden voyage at sea just days ago.

NDTV gained access to the aircraft carrier after returning from a 5-day voyage at sea.

Built at a cost of around Rs 23,000 crore, Vikrant set sail last Wednesday for crucial sea trials ahead of her scheduled induction into the Indian Navy by August next year.

Vikrant’s delivery is targeted to coincide with celebrations commemorating the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

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Vikrant Island, the first Indian aircraft carrier – Here, the ship’s sensors, the bridge and the flag bridge

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IAC Vikrant has an endurance of approximately 7,500 nautical miles

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Vikrant’s turbine control room. The ship’s integrated platform management system operates from here. The IMPS controls the main propulsion machinery and power generation equipment

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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh called Vikrant’s first sea trials “a real testament to our unwavering commitment to ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’

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Inside the ship’s control center – the Vikrant’s propulsion system, machinery, power generation systems and all ancillary systems are monitored and managed by multifunction displays

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Commodore Vidhyakar Harke, Commander of Vikrant

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One of the two elevators aboard the Vikrant, used to move fighter jets and space helicopters from the hangar below the deck to the aircraft carrier’s flight deck

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Vikrant has a top speed of around 28 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots

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Vikrant Island and the Flight Deck

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Vikrant Island and the Flight Deck

Vikrant is 262 meters long, 62 meters wide and 59 meters high. Its construction began in 2009.

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