9 Key Facts About India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant

The much-awaited indigenous aircraft carrier of India, INS Vikrant, was launched recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It was launched at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) on September 2, 2022.

1. Length and breadth of the ship as 262 meters and 62 meters respectively. It displaces 45,000 tonnes along with a designed speed of 28 knots, which is 7,500 nautical miles.

2. The ship is imbibed with the art automation feature, and it is the largest ship constructed in the country.

3. It is also known as a floating city because it has 18 floors, 14 decks and 2,300 compartments. It can also produce electricity that can light up to 500 households.

4. INS Vikrant is designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house warship design bureau (WDB), under the Cochin Shipyard Limited, a public sector shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.

5. The ship is so huge that it can house two Olympic pools and two football fields inside it.

6. INS Vikrant can carry 30 aircraft: MIG-29K fighter jets, MH-60R multirole helicopters, Kamov-31 advanced light helicopters, and combat aircraft.

7. It consists of 16 hospital beds, 250 tankers of fuel and 2,400 compartments, and can carry 1,600 women officers and sailors on the ship.

8. The ship is a 45,000-tonne warship built with an investment made up of Rs 20,000 crores.

9. The ship has a novel aircraft operation mode called Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) which consists of ski-jumping and arrest wires.

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