In The Heart Of The Iron Beast, Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant Rises

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As India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, is in its final stage of construction at the Cochin Shipyard, a walk through its massive innards and an examination of what its induction would mean for the Navy’s presence in the Indian Ocean.

A cool breeze blows over you belying the sultry May weather as you perch atop a 70-m, 300-tonne gantry crane at Cochin Shipyard. From this vantage position, everything appears dwarfed down below. Hundreds of workmen nudging the ferrous giant, India’s maiden indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, to life in the last leg of a protracted and intricate process of warship construction of unprecedented scale in the country, resemble Lilliputians with a sense of steely purpose. Vikrant’s flight deck, more than twice the size of a football field at 2.5 acres, is strewn with concrete blocks and a maze of wires criss-crossing and disappearing into makeshift worksites.

It is tempting to picture MiG-29K combat jets flying off the deck, streaking into the deep blue ocean sky in a matter of a few years! The flyco (flight control) stationed in the superstructure located on the starboard side would be on the toes, the radars atop the island carrying out flight control and guiding the missiles the carrier will be equipped with to engage aerial targets.

Readying to set sail

The beast that is the INS Vikrant towers over you with a hint of intimidation as you enter the gangway, which leads further to the expansive aircraft hangar that straddles a few levels. “The carrier is 262 m long, 62 m at the widest part and with a depth of 30 m minus the superstructure. There are 14 decks in all, including five in the superstructure,” mentions a supervisor from the yard. Outfitting had been apace on Vikrant, named after India’s first aircraft carrier acquired from the U.K. in 1961, ever since its ceremonial launch in August 2013, and work is almost nearing completion on all decks below the fourth from the top which houses the hangar.

The carrier’s hull structure is in good shape and a few openings made on the flight deck to lower equipment into the hangar and to fix the restraining gears for take-off will be capped once the work is over. Two turntables on either half of the hangar resemble those in discotheques. Aircraft ferried from the flight deck through the elevators located on either side of the superstructure will be positioned on the tables for easing them into their designated slots. The hangar, capable of accommodating an assortment of 20 fighter aircraft and helicopters, is a hive of activity, with work progressing on the support lines along the stowage points, a four-tonne overhead maintenance crane and a fire curtain that will partition the space. The aviation facility, designed by Russia’s Nevskoye Design Bureau, is gradually coming in place, with the supply of equipment under way. “In view of the aviation facility being laid out soon, the Navy has already drafted in aviation technical crew from the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya to be of support,” says Captain P.A. Padmanabhan, in charge of the Navy’s Warship Overseeing Team (WOT).

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15 thoughts on “In The Heart Of The Iron Beast, Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant Rises

  1. All these noobs and idiots here are soo annoying… sigh.

    I won't write a paragraph to counter them, but I would definitely recommend them to get admissioned in Nursery. Maybe, 10 years later would they recognize the significance of knowledge and logic.

  2. as always India leads the way ,, May God bless India and its brave men and women military  , they always learn from others mistakes and improve

  3. first one is the most difficult when we have a successful one then time for r&d is not necessary for the same class of ACC India is Keen on presition which also consumes time but only for the 1st time

  4. Complete waste of money, aircraft carriers are for offensive warfare. Why would India need to start a war when most Indians are living in poverty. The money would have better been spent on missile defence systems and nuclear powered submarines.

  5. All those complaing about delay must understand that this is our first aircraft carrier, so it will take time to gain expertise. We should not compare with china as china is expert in manufacturing military goods as they have capital and good skilled labour force which we lack in india. For example, ins arihant, our first nuclear powered submarine, took 10 years to complete. But the next submarine, i,e ins arihant 2 is completed within 2 years and is in trial phase. We gained experienced and then we made it in 2 years. Similarly, with kolkatta class destroyers took time to make but its succesor, vishakapatnam class destroyer took only 2 years to make as well and it is in final touch mode. So once we complete our first carrier, we will gain experience in it and do it quickly. Thank you

  6. lol it will be ready in 2023, by which time the US will have 2 more Gerald R Fords, meaning 3 more new carriers and upto 14 super carriers in total. India is no match at all for the USA. Besides the Vikrant is even smaller than the existing indian carrier by 5000 tons lol.

    Funny how sanitation capacity is even mentioned, I bet that means the existing indian carrier has people crammed like sardines and shitting all over the place, but at least it gets rid of that homesick feeling as the smell of shit will remind them again of the Ganges river and right at home for all sanjays and rajeevs alike^^

  7. It takes too much time to enter service. And the projects are not coordinated at all. Where are the planes for Vikrant?

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