- INS Vikramaditya, India’s only aircraft carrier, successfully completed its second refit since induction in the Indian Navy.
- The refit which is primarily a maintenance and repair operation was performed by Cochin Shipyard Limited. (CSL)
- This is the second time the carrier has undergone refit operation since its induction into Indian Navy in 2013.
- Now the carrier need not be dry-docked for another 4-5 years and is ready for full operational deployment.
- INS Vikramaditya is the only aircraft carrier of Indian Navy currently in operation.
- Earlier INS Vikrant, India’s first aircraft carrier, and INS Viraat were in operation.
- INS Vikrant was decommissioned in 1997 after serving for 37 years.
- INS Viraat was recently decommissioned in July 2018 after serving for 30 years.
- India and Russia signed $1.5 billion for the acquisition of Admiral Gorshkov in 2000. After a delay due to cost overruns and technical issues the warship was finally inducted to the Indian Navy in 2013, as INS Vikramaditya.
About INS Vikramaditya
- It is the largest short take-off, but assisted recovery (STOBAR) aircraft carrier capable of vertical takeoff and landing.
- It can carry more than 30 long-range multi-role fighters with anti-ship missiles, air-to-air missiles, guided bombs and rockets.
- The MiG 29K is the main offensive platform giving a quantum jump to India’s maritime strike capability.
- With a range of over 700 nautical miles extendable to over 1,900 nm, it includes anti-ship missiles, Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missiles, guided bombs and rockets.
- INS Vikramaditya is also integrated with Barak 8 air-defence system (LR-SAM long-range surface to air missile).