Kochi: The Indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is again back to sea trials. As this is the fourth stage of sea trials, it is on the edge of becoming part of the Indian Navy.
The navy is gearing up to commission the ship on behalf of the 75th anniversary of Indian independence. The manufacturing process had already been evaluated by the president and the minister of defence.
Vikrant has entered into the 4th stage of trials as it has successfully completed all three sea trials in addition to the base trial.
Vikrant will continue to remain at the sea for 10 days with various trials. It has a crew of 1500 members.
The aircraft will be dedicated to the nation by PM Narendra Modi on the occasion when the country celebrates the 75th anniversary of independence.
Currently, the aircraft has been registered in the name, Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-1). It will be commissioned after completing the final trial and by then it will be registered in the name, INS Vikrant.
This is the first indigenous and largest warship made by India. The manufacturing cost is around 23,000 crore. 70 percent of the machine parts and 80 percent of the weapons are made indigenously. About 200 companies from the public and private sectors have contributed to its manufacturing.
It has several war facilities including Barak 8 Surface to Air Missile and AK-630 Full Automatic cannon