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India's Vikrant class - Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC)
« on: September 27, 2016, 11:29:20 PM »
From: globalsecurity.org
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The Vikrant aircraft carrier was formally launched on 12 August 2013. The Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral R.K. Dhowan held a press briefing on 01 August 2013, as a curtain raiser prior to the launch of the indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC)- Project-71. With it, India would have its first indigenously-built aircraft carrier, allowing it to join the elite group of nations capable of designing and building an aircraft carrier. As of 2005, India had only one aircraft carrier, INS Virat and another aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov, rechristened as INS Vikramaditya, was to join the fleet by 2008 [by the end of 2008, this target had slipped to 2012, and then to the end of 2013]. While the Indian government claims that its first home-built carrier, the Vikrant, would be fully operational by 2018, Indian Navy sources say that date is closer to 2020 since the ship was only about 30 percent complete at launch.

With the retirement of the INS Vikrant in January 1997, the Indian Navy had only one carrier. This was set to change with the arrival of the "Admiral Of The Fleet Gorshkov" (formerly "Baku"), purchased from the Russian Navy, and the indigenous Air Defense Ship (ADS). Both these new carriers would be armed by the MiG-29SMTk. The ADS had been redesigned by the Navy to accommodate the Naval variant of the Russian- made MiG-29 fighter along with the Naval variant of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), which would extend the air superiority and anti-shipping capabilities of the Indian Navy by a large margin.

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The Navy planned to have three aircraft carriers; a final decision is awaited on the IAC-2, which would be another homemade carrier but would displace more than 60,000 tons, 20,000 tons more than Vikrant. IAC-2 is still in the design stage but would have a catapult deck. Having three carriers allows one to be stationed on each of India’s coasts, while the third would undergo repairs.

The largest and the first indigenously-built, 40,000 tonne aircraft carrier (IAC) to be christened as INS Vikrant on comissioning was undocked on 10 June 2015 at a simple ceremony held at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). The ship, being built at CSL, would be required to undergo a series of fitment and trial processes and tests before it becomes ready for propulsion and inducted into the Indian Navy. Major outfitting work of the ship would be undertaken in coming months. Prior to its delivery to the Indian Navy, the ship had to undergo basin trials and extensive sea trials.

The INS Vikrant will be delivered to the Indian Navy by December 2018.

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Re: India's Vikrant class - Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC)
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2016, 11:43:59 PM »
What will the Indian Navy’s new carrier look like? | rbth - 12 March 2016
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Russia, France, Britain and the United States have been asked by the Indian Navy to participate in a tender and compete for a contract to develop a new aircraft carrier for it. According to some media reports, Russia and France have made it to the short list of bidders, while India is inclined towards the Russian version.

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The many requirements for the ‘Vishal’ virtually excludes the possibility of construction by India alone, and has created a bidding situation for foreign designers and component suppliers. Very few shipbuilding schools have the capability to compete to become the leading contractor for this new Indian aircraft carrier project.

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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2016, 09:33:49 AM »
Confirmed: India’s Next Aircraft Carrier Will Be Nuclear | The Diplomat - November 09, 2016
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The Indian Navy’s latest aircraft carrier, the 65,000-ton supercarrier INS Vishal, the second ship of the Vikrant-class, will be powered by a nuclear reactor, according to anonymous Indian Navy sources. Furthermore, the INS Vishal will be able to accommodate up to 55 aircraft (35 fixed-wing combat aircraft and 20 rotary wing aircraft), launched using a catapult assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) aircraft launch system, incorporating U.S. defense contractor’s General Atomics’ new electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) technology, the Business Standard reports on November 7.

Given the incorporation of these new technologies, the Indian Navy source also revealed that the aircraft carrier will not enter service until the 2030s. (Originally, India planned to induct the carrier in the 2020s.) It is still unclear when the construction of the new warship will begin.

The INS Vishal will be the first non-Western aircraft carrier equipped with the complex CATOBAR launch capability. CATOBAR aircraft launch systems put less strain on the airframe of planes during takeoff reducing maintenance cost in the long run and also allows carrier-based aircraft to carry a heavier weapons payload. Furthermore, CATOBAR launch systems increase the sortie rates of carrier air wings by allowing a faster landing and takeoff rate.

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2017, 11:08:14 PM »
Chief of Indian Navy Reviews Progress of Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant | Navy Recognition - 16 October 2017
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At the shipyard, the CNS accompanied by the FOC-in-C (South) and other senior officials of the Indian Navy took a walk around of the ship to get a firsthand appreciation of the progress of work onboard wherein he was briefed on the various construction activities. Later, the CNS had discussions with Shri Madhu S Nair, Chairman and Managing Director, CSL.

Keel of the IAC was laid in February 2009 and the ship was launched in August 2013. Work on the hull structure is nearing completion and outfitting activities on various equipment and systems are progressing at present.

India's minister of defense announced in December 2015 that the indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant will be delivered to the Indian Navy in December 2018. The launch of the 37,500-tonnes, 260 metres long and 60 metres wide vessel was behind schedule by three years. Local media reported in May 2017 that the procurement delays has been resolved and the carrier's fitting-out was 62% complete, with trials of the auxiliary systems scheduled by late 2017.

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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2018, 01:30:44 AM »
India's Defence Secretary Reviews Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant | Navy Recognition - 19 July 2018
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During the onboard visit, the Defence Secretary was given a first-hand briefing on the progress of IAC construction by Commodore Cyril Thomas, the Warship Production Superintendent. ShriMadhu S Nair, CMD,CSL, highlighted the shipyard’s focus on outfitting and trial activities as the project enters its final phase, and re-iterated the CSL’s commitment to meet the timelines for delivery of the ship.

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About Vikrant

India's minister of defense announced in December 2015 that the indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant will be delivered to the Indian Navy in December 2018. The launch of the 37,500-tonnes, 260 metres long and 60 metres wide vessel was behind schedule by three years. Local media reported in May 2017 that the procurement delays has been resolved and the carrier's fitting-out was 62% complete, with trials of the auxiliary systems scheduled by late 2017.

Maximum speed of the ship is announced at 28 knots, the ship reported range is 7,500 nautical miles at a speed of 18 knots. INS Vikrant is set to receive a large crew complement composed of 160 officers and 1,400 sailors. The aircraft carrier will be able to accommodate 30 fighters and helicopters, including Mig-29K fighters and Ka-31 helicopters.


India's first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. File Picture via jeffhead.com/worldwideaircraftcarriers/