Vikrant-class aircraft carrier

The Vikrant class (Sanskrit: विक्रान्त) (formerly Project 71 Air Defence Ship (ADS) or Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC)) is a class of two aircraft carriers being built for the Indian Navy. The two vessels are the largest warships and the first aircraft carriers to be designed and built in India. They are being built by Cochin Shipyard.

Preparations for building the lead vessel of the class, INS Vikrant, started in 2008, and the keel was laid in February 2009. The carrier was floated out of its dry dock on 29 December 2011, and launched on 12 August 2013. The scale and complexity of the project caused problems which delayed the commencement and timeline of construction for the carrier. Technical difficulties, the cost of refitting the Russian-built carrier INS Vikramaditya, and billions in cost overruns have delayed plans for the first of the vessels to enter service, which is now scheduled for 2018.

Vikrant-class aircraft carrier
Class Ship
Type Aircraft Carrier
Manufacturer Cochin Shipyard
Production Period 2009 - 2013
Origin India
Country Name Origin Year
India 2013
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Cochin Shipyard 2009 2013 2 View

Ships in Class

Name Pennant Tonnage Laid down Launched Sea trials Commissioning Details
Vikrant tbd 40000 28 February 2009 12 August 2013 2016 2017 Conventional-powered STOBAR carrier
Vishal tbd 65000 tbd tbd tbd 2025 Nuclear-powered CATOBAR carrier


Name: Vikrant-class aircraft carrier
Builders: Cochin Shipyard Limited
Operators: Indian Navy
Preceded by: INS Vikramaditya
In commission: 2018 (INS Vikrant)
2025 (INS Vishal)
Building: 1
Planned: 2
General characteristics
Type: Aircraft carrier
Displacement: INS Vikrant: 40,000 tonnes
INS Vishal: 65,000 tonnes
Length: 262 metres (860 ft)
Beam: 60 metres (200 ft)
Draught: 8.4 metres (28 ft)
Depth: 25.6 metres (84 ft)
Decks: 2.5 acres (110,000 sq ft; 10,000 m2)
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500+ gas turbines,
2 shafts 80+ MW
Speed: 28 kn (52 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km)
Complement: 1,400 (incl air crew)
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 x Selex RAN-40L
L-band early warning
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
C/D band early air-warning radar
Armament: 4x Otobreda 76 mm
LR SAM systems with a multi-function radar
CIWS
Aircraft carried: INS Vikrant;
30 × possible mix of Mikoyan MiG-29K and HAL Tejas
10 Kamov Ka-31 or Westland Sea King

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