India’s first ‘made-in-India’ Aircraft Carrier – INS Vikrant – will be commissioned next year and its combat capability, reach and versatility will add formidable capabilities in the country’s defence, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said at the southern naval command in Kochi on June 25.
In a statement to the media after visiting INS Vikrant at Ernakulam wharf of the Cochin port in Kerala to review its construction progress, Rajnath Singh described it as “India’s pride and a shining example of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. INS Vikrant is also known as the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 or IAC-1 , is currently under construction at Cochin Shipyard. The project was originally approved by the NDA government and has made significant progress in recent past despite COVID. Commissioning of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) next year will be a befitting tribute to 75 years of India’s independence. The combat capability, reach and versatility of the aircraft carrier will add formidable capabilities in the defence of our country and help secure India’s interests in the maritime domain. the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier boasts of nearly 75 per cent indigenous content, from design, to steel used in construction, to key weapons and sensors.