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Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikrant successfully completes third sea trials.

| 2022

According to information published by Press Trust of India on January 17, 2022, India's first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant has returned to Kochi harbor after completion of its third sea trials in the high seas.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikrant (Picture source: PRO Defence Kochi)

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.

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. The deck is designed to enable aircraft such as the MiG-29K to operate from the carrier.

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 shipborne weapons of the INS Vikrant include 2x32 cells VLS for a total of 64 Barak 8 surface-to-air missiles, four AK-630 30 mm rotary cannon, and four Otobreda 76 mm naval guns.

The ship is equipped with MF-STAR multifunction active electronically scanned array naval radar, RAN-40Lnaval 3D L band search radar, and Shakti EW (Electronic Warfare) Suite.

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