Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant Completes the Fourth Phase of Sea Trials
The fourth phase of Sea Trials for IAC were successfully completed on July 10, during which integrated trials of majority of equipment and systems onboard including some of the Aviation Facilities Complex equipment were undertaken. The completion the ship’s delivery is being targeted for the end of July 2022, followed by commissioning of the ship in August 22 to commemorate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
The Indigenous design and construction of Aircraft Carrier by the Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard Ltd is a shining example in the Nation’s quest for ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ initiative with more than 76 percent indigenous content. This has led to growth in indigenous design and construction capabilities, besides development of large number of ancillary industries, with employment opportunities for over 2000 CSL personnel and about 12000 employees in ancillary industries.
Maiden Sea Trials of IAC were successfully completed in August 2021. This was followed by second and third phases of Sea Trials in October 2021 and January 2022 respectively. During these three phases of Sea Trials, endurance testing of propulsion machinery, electrical and electronic suites, deck machinery, lifesaving appliances, ship’s Navigation and Communication systems was undertaken.