Kochi: Basin Trials – the trials in shallow waters, of the first-ever indigenously built aircraft carrier ‘INS Vikrant’, were completed successfully. Sources in the defence ministry informed that the marine trials of Vikrant would be started at the beginning of 2021. Indian Navy is equipped with the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and the induction of INS Vikrant will strengthen the marine security further.
The two aircraft carriers, INS Vikrant and INS Viraat, have played vital roles, in the glorious history of the Indian Navy. Both of these, as well as the currently serving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, have been built in foreign countries. But soon the Indian Navy will get an indigenously built aircraft carrier. INS Vikrant, build in the Kochin Shipyard, was subjected to Basin Trials on Monday. Basin Trials are conducted to test the propulsion plant, Gas Turbine, Gear Box and Shafting before releasing the ship for marine trials, into the deep sea.
The Basin Trials were conducted in the presence of Vice Admiral AK Chawla, Kochin Shipyard Chief Madhu S Nair and other officials. It was announced that the trials satisfied all the criteria specified by the Navy. The marine trials of Vikrant will start in the next year. After the successful marine trials, the warship will be available for induction in the Indian Navy. It is claimed that by the end of the next year or beginning of 2022, Vikrant will be inducted in the Indian Navy.
30 fighter jets and helicopters can be deployed on the aircraft carrier Vikrant. These will include Mig-28K and KA-31 helicopters. 160 officers and 1,400 navy sailors can be on board the Vikrant. Vikrant, with a length of 260 metres, can travel at a speed of 28 nautical miles per hour.