India’s first indigenously designed and developed Aircraft Carrier IAC-1 or INS Vikrant successfully completed its Basin Trials today in presence of Vice Admiral AK Chawla.
INS Vikrant completed its harbour trials in August and entered in to Basin trials in mid-october.
In Basin Trial, aircraft carrier tested in the sea water for the first time and it is conducted to prove the propulsion, transmission and shafting systems of the ship.
The IAC-1 will now enters in the final phase of sea trials in early 2021 and expected to Commissioned in to the service of Indian Navy by the end of 2021 or in early 2022.
INS Vikrant is currently under construction by Cochin Shipyard Limited and it has a displacement of 40,000 metric tonnes.
It is 262 metres (860 ft) long and 62 metres (203 ft) wide and can accommodate 26 fixed wing combat aircraft and 10 helicopters.
INS Vikrant is powered with 4 General Electric LM2500 Gas Turbine engine, it has a maximum speed of 28 knots (55 KM/hr).
It is a STOBAR (Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) configuration Ski Jump aircraft carrier.
Although, having a Aircraft Carrier without having its air wing is irrational, currently Indian Navy has has just 40 MiG-29K out of 23-26 aircrafts are already operational with INS Vikramaditya and the rest being operated by INS Hansa.
Considering the availability of MiG-29k is just 50%, it cannot operate from INS Vikrant, at least not with aircraft carrier full potential.
Indian Navy will have to fast track the procurement process new naval fighter jets, Navy will require at least 2 squadron that 36 new fighter jets.