The Indian Navy announced on Sunday that the fourth phase of the indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant sea trials had been successfully completed. A majority of the equipment and systems onboard the indigenous carrier Vikrant, which departed the Cochin Shipyard on July 2, underwent integrated trials, including some of the sophisticated aviation equipment.
The ship will be delivered at the end of July, and will be commissioned on August 22 to honour the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.” The Vikrant’s initial sea trials were successfully finished in August of last year, and the second and third stages followed in October and January of this year, respectively. Propulsion equipment, electrical and electronic suits, deck equipment, lifesaving devices, and ship navigation and communication systems were all endurance tested over the course of these three sea trials phases.
Cochin Shipyard Limited, a public sector shipyard run by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, is building the Vikrant, which was developed by the Directorate of Naval Design of the Indian Navy. India would join a restricted group of countries with the ability to design and construct an aircraft carrier on its own once the Vikrant was delivered.
An estimated Rs 23,000 crore was spent on the construction of the 40,000 tonne battleship. Vikrant has a length of 262 metres, a width of 62 metres, and a height of 59 metres. Construction on it started in 2009.