India Launches Indigenous Aircraft Carrier

Indian Defense minister A.K. Antony on Monday launched India‘s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in the southern port of Kochi, marking the entry of India into the world’s elite club capable of producing their own carriers.

Read Here – Global Times, China

See Photos Here – FirstPost

Comparison

Name INS Vikramaditya Izumo  Liaoning
Highlight India’s second aircraft carrier Japan’s largest warship China’s first aircraft carrier
Displacement 45,550 metric tons 19,500 metric tons empty,
27,000 metric tons fully loaded
67,000 metric tons
Length 284 meters 248 meters 304.5 meters
Height 60 meters 38 meters 70.5 meters
Capacity 30 fighter jets and helicopters 7 ASW helicopters,
2 SAR helicopters
30 fixed wing aircraft,
24 helicopters

Source: Agencies-Globaltimes.cn

India’s only currently commissioned aircraft carrier, the INS Viraat, was purchased from the UK in 1986.

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