India completes tests of its own aircraft carrier

The press service of the Indian Navy announced the completion of tests of the aircraft carrier of its own design “Vikrant” for the country’s army.

“On Sunday, July 10, the Indian aircraft carrier Vikrant completed the fourth stage of sea trials, and preparations are underway for its transfer to the Indian Navy,” the service said.

According to representatives of the Indian Navy, “the tests of the specified ship were successful, during which comprehensive checks of the main equipment and systems were carried out, including equipment responsible for flights and communications with aircraft, and it is expected that it will be transferred to the Indian Navy. will officially begin work on August 15, which coincides with the celebration of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

India began developing the Vikrant in 2006 at the Cochin Shipyard Limited Shipyard, and launched it for the first time in 2013, and it was supposed to be handed over to the army in 2015, but the process was delayed several times due to technical and material reasons.

This aircraft carrier is 262 meters long, 62 meters wide and has a displacement of 39,000 tons. It can reach a speed of 28 knots, carry a crew of 1,645 people and carry 36 to 40 combat fighters, including Russian MiG-29K fighters, as well as helicopters.

The ship is armed with four 76-mm artillery mounts developed by the Italian Leonardo, launchers for Barak-1 and Barak-8 anti-aircraft missiles, as well as Russian AK-630 anti-aircraft systems.

Source: Weapons of Russia