India’s locally built aircraft carrier goes on maiden sea trials

India’s Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) ‘Vikrant’, designed by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and built at Cochin Shipyard Limited, has commenced its maiden sea trials, the Indian government said in its Press Information Bureau (PIB) on August 4.

“The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is 262 m long, 62 m at the widest part and height of 59 m including the superstructure. There are 14 decks in all, including five in the superstructure. The ship has over 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1700 people, including specialised cabins to accommodate women officers,” India’s PIB reported.

“The ship has been designed with a very high degree of automation for machinery operation, ship navigation and survivability, ‘Vikrant’ has a top speed of around 28 knots and cruising speed of 18 knots with an endurance of about 7,500 nautical miles,” it added.

It also noted that the aircraft carrier can accommodate an assortment of fixed wing and rotary aircraft.