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Indian Navy to get INS Vikrant and INS Visakhapatnam by end of 2021


According to information published by Hindustan Times on April 28, 2021, Indian Navy is expected to get delivery of INS Vikrant aircraft carrier and INS Visakhapatnam class stealth guided missile destroyer by end of 2021.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 INS Vikrant aircraft carrier during a ceremony on 2015 (Picture source: Indian Navy)


The INS Vikrant aircraft carrier was designed by the Directorate of Naval Design of the Indian Navy and the first warship to be built by Cochin Shipyard. She was floated out of its dry dock on 29 December 2011 and was launched on 12 August 2013.

The aircraft carrier will be able to operate 36 to 40 aircraft including 26 Russian-made MiG-29K, a Russian-made supersonic carrier-based fighter.

The INS Vikrant has a length of 262 m, a wide of 62 m, and a displacement of 39,000 tons and she features a STOBAR (Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) configuration with a ski-jump.

The INS Vikrant is powered by four General Electric LM2500 gas turbines and two Elecon COGAG gearbox. She can reach a top speed of 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph) with a maximum cruising range of 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km; 9,200 mi). This aircraft carrier has a crew of 1,645 sailors including 196 officers.

INS Visakhapatnam is the lead ship of the Visakhapatnam-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy. She is being constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) and was launched on 20 April 2015. The ship is expected to be commissioned by 2021 and will be the first of P15-B stealth destroyer.

The 163 m long ship, which will be powered by four gas turbines, is designed to achieve a speed of over 30 knots and a displacement of 7300 tons.