After finishing its fourth round of sea trials on Sunday, India’s 44,000-tonne indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant will be commissioned into the Indian Navy around Independence Day in August. The Navy announced on Twitter that the fourth round of sea trials included “integrated trials of the majority of equipment and systems onboard, including some aviation facilities complex equipment, were undertaken.”
The native aircraft carrier measures 262 metres in length, 62 metres at its widest point, and 59 metres in height, including the superstructure. There are a total of 14 decks, five of which are in the superstructure.
The Indian Navy is seekinig to procure about 26 multi-role fighter jets for the Vikrant (IAC-1). French firm Dassault Aviation’s Rafale-M and the F-A 18 Super Hornet of America’s Boeing recently completed trials for the contract. The India Navy is preparing a report on the demonstration given by these firms at the shore-based test facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa in Goa.
Source: Asian Age with additional comments by GDI’s Naval Warfare Wing