REUTERS/Sivaram V

The INS Vikrant departs the Cochin Shipyard, August 12, 2013. REUTERS/Sivaram V

India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, the INS Vikrant, was launched Monday at the Cochin Shipyard in the southern Indian city of Kochi.

According to a media release, the 40,000 ton aircraft carrier, designed by the Indian Navy (Directorate General of Naval Design) and built at the Cochin Shipyard, is a part of the warship project of the Ministry of Defense. With a length of 262 meters (869ft) and maximum beam of 62 meters (203ft), the INS Vikrant is the largest warship and the first aircraft carrier to be designed and built entirely in India.

The aircraft carrier will come equipped with two runways for take-off and an angled deck with arrestor wires for landing.

The ship is currently scheduled to be delivered to the Indian Navy in 2018, but will not be ready for deployment anytime before 2020, according to the Times of India.

With the construction of the Vikrant, India joins only a small group of countries -including the U.S., U.K., Russia and France capable of building such a ship.

REUTERS/Sivaram V

REUTERS/Sivaram V

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  • Jacques DuBois

    THANKS TO INDIAN TECHNOLOGY…THIS SHIP WILL MAKE ITS MAIDEN VOYAGE TO THE SHIP BREAKING FACILITIES IN MUMBAI..

    • Christopher DCruz

      To state that your comment is downright rude and ignorant would be an understatement. Then again if I was an armyman, I would be happy if you were on the enemy side as you don’t have much of a clue as to what goes on.

      Firstly Indian technology is right up there with anyone else’s technology. If we are talking defence related technology, then India has built all sorts of warships, missiles, is one of the few countries to launch satellites into space and has along with Russia built the worlds most advanced cruise missile.

      Secondly, lets talk facts. There are no ship breaking facilities at Mumbai-the closest are at Alang-I assume you know a little about ships and know how to read a map-try Google-come to think of it, Google’s algorithm was coded by an Indian-check Wikipedia to verify that-guess what, more Indians at work there. I could go on and on but I’m sure you get the drift.

      • kommer dienstrom

        all indian has is hand me down aircraft carriers and this particular is probably a rip off of a russian or chinese design.

      • kommer dienstrom

        hey try my algorithm on for size bi’arch..

        • Christopher DCruz

          You know nothing about ships or shit and you know it so get real and cut the mocking talk.

          • kommer dienstrom

            ah come on you dont know anything about ships otherwise you would not be on here, im just merely looking at the garbage these americans put on this poorly made website.

    • Jeremy Irons

      You are such a certified moron DuBois…

  • HUGH JANUS

    THIS MUST BE AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE. INDIA…WITH AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER ??? WHAT’S THE CATCH..I JUST DON’T GET THE JOKE.

    • Christopher DCruz

      Is the joke about your ignorance in such matters as if it is, then I DO get the joke. India has operated 2 aircraft carriers(British built) during the last 30 odd years and will soon induct a Russian built carier besides building two of her own. As you probably do not know, carrier operations are amongst the most complex operations at sea and just a handful of countries have mastered them. Maybe it helps to read a little bit before commenting. Try wikipedia or if you’re at a more advanced level(highly doubt it as you don’t seem to know that India has had carriers for over 30 years now), try Jane’s defence weekly.

      • kommer dienstrom

        you sound like an idian, ‘dont insult the indian culture or i’ll have to dissconnect this call’
        go and drink out of the Ganges and be away with you.

        • Christopher DCruz

          Kommer, you again? No one talking to you in Vladivostok nowadays so you’re here to troll? You haven’t really replied to my argument besides indulging in name calling but then again, one wouldn’t expect much from trash like you. I don’t normally lower myself to your levels but in this case I don’t think you understand any other language.

          • kommer dienstrom

            blah blah blah, i have a nuclear power station to run. keep your emotions to yourself, or all hell is gonna break loose.

    • Jeremy Irons

      Oh shut up you deckhand…

  • http://www.anujvelu.blogspot.com Velu

    Not to be dragged into arguments, I really am a bit skeptical about “launching” a ship with such fanfare when it will actually enter service only after 7 years (if no delays or the usual spec changes by the navy).

    It just seems to be timed so that the PM could add another line to his independence day speech the year before the elections.

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