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INS Viraat

Centaur-class aircraft carrier

INS Viraat

The Viraat aircraft carrier provides capability for a maximum of 30 Sea Harriers

 
 
Country of origin India
Entered service 1987
Crew 1 350  men
Aircrew 143 men
Flag staff ?
Marines 750 men
Dimensions and displacement
Length 208.8 m
Beam 27.4 m
Draught 8.7 m
Displacement, full load 28 700 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 28 knots
Boilers 4 x 76 000 hp
Aircraft
Fixed wing 12 - 18 x Sea Harrier
Helicopters 7 x Sea King Mk.42 or Kamov Ka-28
Armament
Missiles 2 x octuple VLS launchers for Barak missiles
Guns 4 x Oerlikon 20 mm guns, 2 x 40 mm Bofors guns, 4 x AK-230 30 mm guns

 

   HMS Hermes was commissioned into the Royal Navy in November 1959, having been built at Barrow-in-Furness between 1944-53. It played a crucial role in the liberation of the Falklands. It was Britain's flagship in the Falklands War. Four years after the war, Hermes was sold to India. Refitted, the ship was commissioned into the Indian Navy as the INS Viraat in May 1987. Refitted again from July 1999 to December 2000, Viraat returned to the fleet in June 2001. This aircraft carrier was decommissioned in 2017.

   This aircraft carrier operated 12-18 Sea Harriers. These lightweight multi-role aircraft were capable of short take-off and vertical landing. The Sea Harriers were used for air combat, ground attack, and could even perform reconnaissance roles. The INS Viraat could also carry a mix of 7 helicopters, including Westland Sea King Mk.42 and Kamov Ka-28 anti-submarine warfare helicopters.

   Modifications since its Falklands days included the substitution of Russian AK-230 six-barrel 30-mm guns for the old Sea Cat surface-to-air missile system, new fire control, search and navigation radars, new deck-landing aids, improved NBC protection, conversion of boilers to use distillate fuel, and after 2001, the IAI/Rafael Barak surface-to-air missile system. Like Hermes, the INS Viraat is fitted to carry up to 750 troops and four landing craft for vehicles and personnel are carried for amphibious landings, and in addition up to 80 lightweight torpedoes could be carried in the magazine.

   In 2004 India has finally completed a deal with Russia to buy the Kiev class carrier Admiral Gorshkov and with it, a number of MiG-29K fighters. A refit and through-deck conversion for the Gorshkov was completed in 2008. In 2014 it was commissioned to service with the Indian Navy as INS Vikramaditya.

 

Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
INS Viraat (R22) 1944 1953 1959 / 1987

decommissioned in 2017

 

 

Video of the INS Viraat aircraft carrier

 

 
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