INS Vikrant to be delivered by 2021
INS Vikrant, India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, will be delivered to the Indian Navy by 2021. Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of Naval Staff on Saturday said, “Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, INS Vikrant is undergoing outfitting at Kochi shipyard Ltd. Its harbour acceptance trials are in progress & sea acceptance trial will commence in the latter half of this year.” He further added that the aircraft carrier will be delivered to Navy in 2021″.
INS Vikrant will be inducted as the second aircraft carrier in the service of the Indian Navy after INS Vikramaditya. Once inducted, it’s expected to add to the strength of the Indian Navy and bring it at par with the Chinese Navy, which is scheduled to get its second aircraft carrier in 2020.
India’s first aircraft carrier was also called INS Vikrant. It was a majestic class aircraft carrier that was laid down as HMS Hercules for the British Royal Navy during World War II, but its construction was put on hold when the war ended in 1945. India had purchased an incomplete HMS Hercules in 1957 and completed its construction on a war footing in 1961. It was decommissioned in 1997 after serving for over three decades. Currently, the Indian Navy has only one aircraft carrier – INS Vikramaditya.