- In a significant development,
the naval version of India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) made
its first arrested landing on the deck of India’s aircraft carrier INS
- The Navy currently operates
Russian MiG-29K fighters from INS Vikramaditya which will also fly from
the first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant once it enters
- An aircraft carrier is a naval warship from which the
fighter jets and airplanes may take off and land on them. It
serves as a seagoing airbase and allows the naval force to project air
power worldwide without the requirement for local bases for aircraft
- Vikramaditya aircraft carrier is currently in
service with Indian Navy. INS Vikrant is the indigenous aircraft carrier
under construction. INS Vishal will be the next aircraft carrier of this
- INS Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev class aircraft
carrier presently in service with the Indian Navy. It was
originally commissioned in 1987 with the Soviet Navy and later served
under the Russian navy and was decommissioned in 1996.
- The aircraft carrier has been retrofitted with a Barak
Missile system jointly developed by India and Israel.
- INS Vikramaditya can carry out its operations up to a
range of 13000 km and can carry over 1600 personal onboard.
- The sensors and communication systems include the
fitment of Long Range Air Surveillance Radar, Advanced Electronic Warfare
Suite etc., to maintain surveillance in the area with radius of
500 km around the ship.
- The aircraft carrier equipped with
its kamov anti-submarine helicopters provides the Indian
Navy a tactical advantage against the submarines which cannot
hit back on the helicopters.
- INS Vikramaditya has significantly increased the
strength and overall effectiveness of the Indian Navy.
INS Vikrant (IAC-I)
- INS Vikrant (IAC-I) is the first aircraft carrier
manufactured in India for the Indian Navy. The aircraft carrier has been
built by the Cochin Shipyard Limited and Kochi, Kerala.
- The motto of INS Vikrant is “Jayema Sam Yudhi Sprdhah (I defeat those who fight
against me)”, is taken from Rigveda.
- The construction of INS Vikrant received government
approval in January 2003 and was ordered in 2004. It is still not
INS Vishal (IAC-II)
- INS Vishal is a planned aircraft carrier for the Indian
Navy which is currently in design phase and is to be built by Cochin
Shipyard Limited. It will be the first supercarrier to be constructed in
- INS Vishal will have a new design that will be featuring
significant changes from INS Vikrant. It will have an increased
displacement and possibly an EMALS CATOBAR system for launching heavier
fighter jets and aircraft.