INS Vikrant, India’s first indigenous-built aircraft carrier will be delivered to the Indian Navy in 2021. Indian Naval Chief Admiral Lanba on Saturday said that INS Vikrant is undergoing outfitting at Kochi Shipyard Limited. He further added that harbour acceptance trials are in progress and sea acceptance trial of this will commence in the latter half of this year. Indian Navy Ships – INS Kolkata, INS Shakti to Participate in Chinese International Fleet Review on April 23.
The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report which was made public in July last year had raised questions on the commissioning of the INS Vikrant in 2021. Work on the ship’s design began in 1999, and the keel was laid in February 2009. The aircraft carrier was floated out of its dry dock on December 29, 2011, and was launched on August 12, 2013.
With the induction of the INS Vikrant, the strength of the Indian Navy will increase by manifolds. Currently, the Navy has only one aircraft carrier – INS Vikramaditya. The commissioning of the INS Vikrant will bring the India Navy at par with People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) of China. Indian Navy’s Virtual Reality Centre For Designing Warships Inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba.
India’s first aircraft carrier was also called INS Vikrant which was decommissioned in 1997 after serving for over three decades. Meanwhile, Admiral Lanba on Saturday launched a guided missile destroyer INS Imphal at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai. The INS Imphal is the third ship of Project 15B. The ship has been designed indigenously by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND). The project 15b class ships 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam and displaces 7,300 tonnes and are propelled four gas turbines with a maximum speed of 30 knots.
Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Friday inaugurated a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Centre (VRC) at Directorate of Naval Design in (DND) New Delhi. The centre will provide a major boost to the indigenous warship design capabilities of the Navy and greater fillip to self-reliance under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian government. India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease.
During his address at the inauguration ceremony, Admiral Lanba complimented the Directorate for their untiring efforts, foresight and initiatives to conceptualise design and execute the project. “This project will facilitate collaborative design reviews for continuous interaction between the designers and the end users to improve design and ergonomics onboard warships,” Admiral Lanba said. After coming into existence in 1960s, the Directorate of Naval Design has successfully developed 19 warship design, based on which over 90 platforms have been constructed to date. Indian Naval Officer Lieutenant Rahul Dalal Saves Man from Drowning in Kochi.
Recently, INS Kadmatt which participated in the 15th edition of Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA-19) in Malaysia on March 25 is an indigenous stealth anti-submarine warfare corvette. It was commissioned into the Navy in January 2016 and had a 90 per cent indigenous design, undertaken by the Directorate of Naval Design. Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal.
The Directorate of Naval Design (Submarine Design Group)) is a premier organisation of the Indian Navy and the only one in the country for design of submarines and submersibles. The core competencies of the organisation are the design of state-of-the-art underwater platforms and comprehensive end to end design support during project execution. Support for indigenous development of equipment and submarine systems is another thrust area towards realising the overarching strategic goals of the Indian Navy.
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