News » Science & Technology
India has accepted into its Navy the first aircraft carrier of its own design and construction, Vikrant (translated – brave, brave). The ceremony was held on September 2 in the city of Cochin. The event, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was broadcast live by Indian TV channels.
"Vikrant – big and majestic, Vikrant – special. This is not just a warship, it is a testament to the industriousness, talent and influence of India in the 21st century… If India decides to do something, then there is no goal that she could not achieve, "– said the head of government.
The displacement of Vikrant, which belongs to the class of light aircraft carriers, – 39 thousand tons, hull length – 262 meters, width – 62 meters. Equipped with four LM2500+ gas turbines with a capacity of more than 80 MW (110,000 hp), the ship can reach speeds of up to 28 knots. Cruising range – 8,000 nautical miles.
The aircraft carrier is armed with four 76-mm artillery systems from the Italian Leonardo group, two vertical launchers for Israeli Barak-1 anti-aircraft missiles. and “Barak-8”, as well as Russian-designed AK-630 anti-aircraft artillery systems.
Vikrant can accommodate from 36 to 40 aircraft, including carrier-based fighters and ten helicopters (Ka-31, WS -61 Sea King and HAL Dhruv).
The ship has a crew of 1645.
Follow us on Telegram