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INS Vikrant an example of govt’s thrust to make India’s defence sector self-reliant: PM Modi

Updated: September 2, 2022 12:09 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that INS Vikrant is an example of the government’s thrust to make India’s defence sector self-reliant. He was speaking after commissioning the country’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant at a ceremony at the Cochin Shipyard a short while ago. The commissioning marks a significant step towards Atmanirbharata in the defence sector. The country has now joined a handful of nations having the capability to design and build an aircraft carrier. The Prime Minister also unveiled the new ensign of the Indian Navy on the occasion.

The Indigenous design and construction of Aircraft Carrier by Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard Ltd is a shining example in the Nation’s quest for ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India Initiative’ with more than 76% indigenous content. This has led to growth in indigenous design and construction capabilities, besides development of large number of ancillary industries, with employment opportunities for over 2000 CSL personnel and about 12000 employees in ancillary industries.

Maiden Sea Trials of IAC were successfully completed in August 2021. This was followed by second and third phases of Sea Trials in October 2021 and January 2022 respectively. During these three phases of Sea Trials, endurance testing of propulsion machinery, electrical & electronic suites, deck machinery, lifesaving appliances, ship’s Navigation and Communication systems was undertaken

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