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The INS Vikrant aircraft carrier will be the largest warship ever built in India

Entered service Expected in 2018
Completement (with aircrew) 1 600 men
Sea endurance ?
Range 15 000 km
Dimensions and displacement
Length 253 m
Beam 60 m
Draught 35 m
Flight deck length ?
Flight deck width ?
Hangar deck length ?
Displacement, standard ?
Displacement, full load 40 000 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 28 knots
Gas turbines 4 x LM 2500
Airwing up to 36 aircraft and helicopters
Fixed wing MiG-29K, HAL Tejas, Sea Harrier
Helicopters Ka-31, Ka-27, HAL Dhruv
Missiles ?
Artillery 4 x 76-mm guns


   The INS Vikrant is the first India's indigenous aircraft carrier. It will the the largest warship ever built in India. Development of such a complex warship signifies a high degree of India's self-reliance in this field. Currently only four other countries in the world, including United States, United Kingdom, France and Russia are capable of construction aircraft carriers of this size.

   Work started on this ship in 2005. Originally it was planned to enter service with the Indian Navy in 2014. However due to delays the ship will be commissioned not earlier than in 2018. It has been reported that second ship of this class is also planned.

   The Vikrant has broadly similar capabilities as the INS Vikramaditya, a former Kiev class aircraft carrier, that has been refitted and was commission with the Indian Navy in 2014. It can carry up to 36 aircraft and helicopters. 17 of them can be kept in the hangar and remaining 19 on the flight deck. There will be two elevators. The Vikrant is fitted with sky jump and will have to take-off runways.

   It has been reported that main weapon of the Vikrant will be its fighter aircraft. It will carry a mix of Russian MiG-29K and Indian carrier-borne version of the HAL Tejas and, possibly, Sea Harrier. The multi-role MiG-29K will be the primary air superiority and ground attack aircraft.

It will also carry Russian Ka-31 early warning helicopters, Ka-28 anti-submarine helicopters, HAL Dhruv utility helicopters, and, possibly helicopters of other types.

   Defensive weapons of the Vikrant will include Israeli long-range air defense missiles. It is reported that two 16-cell vertical launch systems will be installed. Also the ship will be fitted with Russian AK-630 close-in weapon systems. Some sources report that the ship will also have four 76-mm naval guns.

   This aircraft carrier has conventional propulsion. It is powered by four LM 2500 gas turbines, generating 80 MW of power and driving two shafts. The INS Vikrant will have a range of about 8 000 nautical miles (15 000 km).

   Once commissioned the INS Vikrant will join the INS Vikramaditya. So within the next couple of years Indian Navy will operate two large modern aircraft carriers.


Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
INS Vikrant 2005 2013 expected in 2018

under construction

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