Updated: Jun 26
The Indian Navy is to get INS Vikrant, its first-ever aircraft carrier made in India, in the following year. INS Vikrant, also known as the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 or IAC-1, comprises almost 75% of indigenous content, inclusive of the design of the carrier and the steel used.
In the words of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh - “The IAC boasts of nearly 75 percent indigenous content. This includes the design, the steel used in the construction and key weapons and sensors.”
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The Defense Minister honored it as the "India's pride and a shining example of Atmanirbhar Bharat", onboard the deck of IAC-1 at the southern naval command in Kochi today. In his opinion, the only way to achieve The Indian Navy’s modernization and improvisation plans is to improve the indigenous industries, and it is on the present government’s priority list. He added that the original project got approved by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government and despite the havoc caused by the pandemic, the project has made remarkable progress. On the improvisations in the Indian Navy’s plans, Singh talked about the Defense Acquisition Council’s (DAC) approval for issuing an RFP for Project 75-I. Explaining further, he said that the project was going to be under the Strategic Partnership model, and was expected to further amplify the indigenous development of cornered manufacturing technologies. With a tone of pride, he added the fact that 42 of the 44 warships on order were being built at Indian shipyards by indigenous contents.
Thus, for inspection, he himself visited the Cochin Shipyard, Kochi, where IAC-1 is being constructed at present. He also mentioned that the construction of the aircraft carrier in question is supposed to be completed by the following year. Hence, it is expected that they will commission it in the Indian Navy by next year.
In his speech on the shipyard, the BJP cabinet minister seemed to vouch for the political party more than the aircraft carrier.