LCA Navy carries out maiden landing on INS Vikrant

7 February, 2023 | Pragati Singh

VIKRANT National

INS Vikrant, marking a significant accomplishment for made-in-India combat systems.

The Indian Navy on Monday completed the first landing of domestic LCA(Navy) and MiG29K planes onboard the nation’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, marking a significant accomplishment for made-in-India combat systems. India’s ability to design, develop, build, and operate an indigenous aircraft carrier with indigenous fighter aircraft is also demonstrated by the exercise.

According to Navy Vice Chief Vice Admiral S N Ghormade, it is a significant victory for “Make in India” in the defence industry and would encourage indigenization.

“Indigenously developed fighter aircraft LCA Navy and the MiG-29K fighter aircraft today made their first landings on the country’s first made-in-India aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in the Arabian Sea. This is a big achievement for the Make in India in the defence sector and will boost indigenisation,” said Navy Vice Chief Vice Admiral S N Ghormade told ANI.

According to a government release, the launching of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier is a significant event during the “Amritkaal” commemorating India’s 75 years of independence and represents the nation’s confidence and prowess.

The homegrown aircraft carrier is evidence of the nation’s technical know-how and engineering prowess. The country’s defence indigenization programmes and the “Make in India” campaign will be strengthened by this proof of India’s ability to manufacture an aircraft carrier warship, the statement continued.

The homegrown aircraft carrier is evidence of the nation’s technical know-how and engineering prowess. The country’s defence indigenization programmes and the “Make in India” campaign will be strengthened by this proof of India’s ability to manufacture an aircraft carrier warship, the statement continued.

The INS Vikrant, which was constructed for almost Rs 20,000 crore, successfully finished its fourth and penultimate phase of sea trials last month. With the construction of “Vikrant,” India has joined a small group of countries with the specialised capacity to design and construct an aircraft carrier domestically.
The ship contains more than 2,300 compartments, including specialised rooms for female officers, and it is built for a crew of about 1,700 people.

The INS Vikrant can travel for around 7,500 nautical miles at a time and has a top speed of about 28 knots. Commodore Shivnath Dahiya of the Indian Navy, according to DRDO, successfully conducted the flying test by performing an arrested landing, a hot refuelling, and launching from the LCA Navy’s ski jump from the home-grown aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.