Source : Times Now
New Delhi: The Indian Navy has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “inspect” the nearly complete INS Vikrant also known as the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC1) around Independence Day as it has been described as a “symbol of Aatmanirbharata or self-reliance.
The 45,000 tonnes INS Vikrant, being made by the Cochin Shipyards for the last dozen years, is finally about to be completed. It is the first aircraft carrier to be indigenously made, and therefore, a major feat for the Indian shipbuilding industry. The invitation has been sent through the defence ministry and dates are being looked at for a prime ministerial visit. The PM could be present during the commissioning as well.
The ship will be named after the previous INS Vikrant which was bought from the Royal Navy and served the Navy for many decades including during the 1971 war with Pakistan. India already has the INS Vikramaditya, which was once the Russian-built Admiral Gorshkov. There is already considerable discussion on what kind of fighter aircraft will be on board the new INS Vikrant.
One option will be the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF), being developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment or ADE of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).